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[kuh m-pair] /kəmˈpɛər/

verb (used with object), compared, comparing.
to examine (two or more objects, ideas, people, etc.) in order to note similarities and differences:
to compare two pieces of cloth; to compare the governments of two nations.
to consider or describe as similar; liken: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”.
Grammar. to form or display the degrees of comparison of (an adjective or adverb).
verb (used without object), compared, comparing.
to be worthy of comparison; be held equal:
Dekker’s plays cannot compare with Shakespeare’s.
to appear in a similar standing:
His recital certainly compares with the one he gave last year.
to differ in quality or accomplishment as specified:
Their development compares poorly with that of neighbor nations.
to vie; rival.
to make a comparison:
The only way we can say which product is better is to compare.
Her beauty is beyond compare.
compare notes. (def 32).
(transitive) usually foll by to. to regard or represent as analogous or similar; liken: the general has been compared to Napoleon
(transitive) usually foll by with. to examine in order to observe resemblances or differences: to compare rum with gin
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to be of the same or similar quality or value: gin compares with rum in alcoholic content
(intransitive) to bear a specified relation of quality or value when examined: this car compares badly with the other
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to correspond to: profits were £3.2 million. This compares with £2.6 million last year
(transitive) (grammar) to give the positive, comparative, and superlative forms of (an adjective)
(intransitive) (archaic) to compete or vie
compare notes, to exchange opinions
comparison or analogy (esp in the phrase beyond compare)

late 14c., from Old French comparer (12c., Modern French comparer), from Late Latin comparare “to liken, to compare” (see comparison). Related: Compared; comparing. To compare notes is from 1708. Phrase without compare (attested from 1620s, but similar phrasing dates to 1530s) seems to be altered by folk etymology from compeer “rival.”
In addition to the idiom beginning with compare


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