Definition of comparison in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəmˈparɪs(ə)n/


1A consideration or estimate of the similarities or dissimilarities between two things or people: they drew a comparison between Gandhi’s teaching and that of other teachers [mass noun]: the two books invite comparison with one another
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  • The GMC drew a comparison between revalidation and the periodic assessments that airline pilots have to undergo.
  • Calls for more bank holidays always invite comparisons - usually with the Continent.
  • His potential and spiky energy have invited comparisons with some of the finest in Liverpool's history.
contrast, juxtaposition, collation, differentiation;
weighing up, balancing
1.1An analogy: perhaps the best comparison is that of seasickness
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  • In the original Greek sense, analogy involved a comparison of two proportions or relations.
  • Perhaps a comparison could be made with alcohol, a potent and dangerous drug.
  • Until these questions are answered, a comparison to Greek rituals will just be speculative.
1.2 [mass noun] The quality of being similar or equivalent: when it comes to achievements this season, there’s no comparison between Linfield and Bangor
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  • There are no ceremonial procedures for entry to a civil relationship to avoid any parallel or comparison with marriage.
  • In the quality of their play there has been no comparison between the two.
  • There is another interesting comparison between these two essays.
resemblance, likeness, similarity, similitude, correspondence, correlation, parallel, parity, symmetry, equivalence, comparability, analogy
2 [mass noun] Grammar The formation of the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs.



bear (or stand) comparison

Be of sufficient quality to be likened favourably to someone or something of the same kind: our pupils' results will bear comparison with any in Scotland
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  • They were ‘insiders’, set apart from the community in a place that stood comparison with a prison.
  • They respect him because he gets the job done, and his record stands comparison with any other coach in the world.
  • Few would pretend that an MBA stands comparison with a master's degree in basic sciences in scholarship or scientific content.

beyond comparison

Surpassing all others of the same kind.
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  • Look, there are two events which are beyond comparison, which are unique events.
  • The intricate figurines that roll out of his sandalwood art when he opens one hand-held closet after another is beyond comparison.
  • And of course the difference in the human cost is almost beyond comparison.

in (or by) comparison

When compared: the Prime Minister’s support staff is tiny in comparison with that of a US President
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  • It is a good vintage and the prices are pretty reasonable in comparison to the 2000.
  • Doubtful prairie dogs have a proportionally larger neocortex in comparison to other mammals.
  • The amount of weblogs that get a lot of traffic each day is pretty tiny in comparison with the number of weblogs in the world.


Middle English: from Old French comparesoun, from Latin comparatio(n-), from comparare 'to pair, match' (see compare).

Words that rhyme with comparison

caparison, garrison, Harrison

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Line breaks: com|pari¦son

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