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Definitions of compare

  1. To hold comparison; to be like or equal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To measure, as one thing by another; to examine in order to discover likeness and unlikeness; in grammar, to name over in order, as, much, more, most, the degrees in the inflection of adjectives and adverbs. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To set things together, to ascertain how far they agree or disagree: to liken or represent as similar: (gram.) to inflect an adjective. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To examine with reference to likeness or unlikeness; to liken. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To examine as to similarity or dissimilarity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To liken. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To be like or equal; to be worthy of, or suitable for, comparison. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To hold comparison. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To be like or equal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. be comparable; "This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. examine and note the similarities or differences of; "John compared his haircut to his friend's"; "We compared notes after we had both seen the movie" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. To examine the character or qualities of, as of two or more persons or things, for the purpose of discovering their resemblances or differences; to bring into comparison; to regard with discriminating attention. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. To inflect according to the degrees of comparison; to state positive, comparative, and superlative forms of; as, most adjectives of one syllable are compared by affixing "- er" and "-est" to the positive form; as, black, blacker, blackest; those of more than one syllable are usually compared by prefixing "more" and "most", or "less" and "least", to the positive; as, beautiful, more beautiful, most beautiful. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To be like or equal; to admit, or be worthy of, comparison; as, his later work does not compare with his earlier. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To vie; to assume a likeness or equality. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Illustration by comparison; simile. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To get; to procure; to obtain; to acquire Newage Dictionary DB
  19. To set or bring things together in order to ascertain wherein they agree and wherein they differ-the objects to be compared may be thought of or be actually present; to liken; to refer to as similar for the purpose of illustration; to inflect an adjective. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. Comparison. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

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Usage examples for compare

  1. I pulled one off to compare it with my others. – On the Pampas by G. A. Henty
  2. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it. – Wisdom and Destiny by Maurice Maeterlinck
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