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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
compare /kəmˈpɛə/ vb
- (transitive) usually followed by to: to regard or represent as analogous or similar; liken: the general has been compared to Napoleon
- (transitive) usually followed by with: to examine in order to observe resemblances or differences: to compare rum with gin
- (intransitive) usually followed 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
- (transitive) to give the positive, comparative, and superlative forms of (an adjective)
- compare notes ⇒ to exchange opinions
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French comparer, from Latin comparāre to couple together, match, from compar equal to one another, from com- together + par equal; see par
- comparison or analogy (esp in the phrase beyond compare)
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