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Definition of "compare" []

  • To consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; liken. (verb-transitive)
  • To examine in order to note the similarities or differences of. (verb-transitive)
  • Grammar To form the positive, comparative, or superlative degree of (an adjective or adverb). (verb-transitive)
  • To be worthy of comparison; bear comparison: two concert halls that just do not compare. (verb-intransitive)
  • To draw comparisons. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "compare" in a sentence
  • "So what we are getting now is a little less of those rhetorical flourishes, a little more policy in talking about it, and we're getting a lot of what they call compare and contrast with John McCain as they try to frame McCain as totally out of touch with what's going on around those kitchen tables across the country."
  • "Another aspect of the weather to compare is how the weather for the month of November and December compares to previous years."
  • "And never again compare the things that go by the names of John and Edward to the legend that was Barry White."