com|pare1 W1S1 [kəmˈpeə US -ˈper] v
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: comparer, from Latin comparare, from compar 'like', from com- ( COM-) + par 'equal']
1.) [T]
to examine or judge two or more things in order to show how they are similar to or different from each other
→↑comparison, comparative ↑comparative
The report compares the different types of home computer available.
compare sth/sb with sth/sb
The police compared the suspect's fingerprints with those found at the crime scene.
compare sth/sb to sth/sb
Davies' style of writing has been compared to Dickens'.
compare and contrast
(=an expression used when telling students to write about the things that are similar or different in works of literature or art)
Compare and contrast the main characters of these two novels.
2.) compared to/with sth
used when considering the size, quality, or amount of something in relation to something similar
a 20% reduction in burglary compared with last year
Compared to our small flat, Bill's house seemed like a palace.
to be better or worse than something else
compare (favourably/unfavourably) with sth
The quality of English wines can now compare with wines from Germany.
How does life in Britain compare with life in the States?
The imported fabric is 30% cheaper and compares favourably (=is as good) in quality.
4.) sth doesn't/can't compare (with sth)
if something does not compare with something else, it is not as good, large etc
The rides at the fair just can't compare with the rides at Disneyland.
5.) compare notes (with sb) [i]informal to talk to someone in order to find out if their experience of something is the same as yours
Leading scientists got together in Paris to compare notes on current research.
compare 2
compare2 n
beyond/without compare
literary a quality that is beyond compare is the best of its kind
a beauty and an elegance beyond compare

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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