Definition of compare in English:
- These estimates of intrusion times may be compared to estimates based on magma supply through dykes.
- The test was compared to one where similar cells were not exposed to such radio waves.
- The wine list, again, was cheap compared to uptown prices and so we settled for a bottle of Brouilly at just under thirty bucks.
- You might think that this isn't a very good analogy, comparing prisons to a commercial passenger jet.
- I like to use the analogy of comparing a campaign to a car.
- We use things like analogies and say well compare it to how a flower grows, or find a comparison that is an every day common experience that makes sense.
- His nine-year sentence, as his attorney rightly points out, compares unfavourably to the terms handed out to robbers.
- Bottom line, for me, is that it works, works quickly and, in terms of side-effects, compares favourably with, say, antidepressant medication.
- To understand our new defense vision, we can view it in terms of how it compares to what came before; clearly, it differs from our former strategies.
- Nothing, though, will compare with competing in the Masters.
- The only thing approaching a standard to compare with the floppy is the CD-R which is an inconvenient form factor and scores low on ease of use.
- When it came to tie holes, however, nothing could compare with the drama of the match.
Traditionally, compare to is used when similarities are noted in dissimilar things: shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? To compare with is to look for either differences or similarities, usually in similar things: compare the candidate’s claims with his actual performance. In practice, however, this distinction is rarely maintained. See also contrast (usage).
- Of a quality or nature surpassing all others of the same kind: a diamond beyond compareMore example sentences
- Everything about him had been perfect beyond compare, and I had thought that if things were going to change, they were only going to get better.
- Year One is an action-adventure story without compare.
- Having lived there for nearly 30 years, I discovered a community spirit beyond compare.
- (Of two or more people) exchange ideas, opinions, or information about a particular subject.Example sentences
- They've been exchanging opinions and comparing notes since the early 1980s.
- This offers an outstanding way to ‘cross-pollinate’ information by comparing notes in an environment that would force analysts to stand behind their work.
- I laughed and changed the subject, comparing notes on gifts we had bought for family and mutual friends.
pair from Middle English:
Pair comes from Latin paria ‘equal things’, formed from par ‘equal’. Latin par also lies behind compare (Late Middle English) ‘to pair with, bring together’; disparage (Middle English) originally ‘a mis-pairing especially in marriage’, later ‘to discredit’; nonpareil (Late Middle English) ‘not equalled’ (taken directly from the French); par (late 16th century) ‘equal’, a golfing term from L19th; parity [L16] ‘equalness’; peer (Middle English) ‘equal’; and umpire (Middle English) originally noumpere, from the same source as nonpareil, because an umpire is above all the players. A noumpere was later re-interpreted as ‘an umpire’ and the initial ‘n’ was lost.
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