Definition of comparison in English:

comparison

Syllabification: com·par·i·son
Pronunciation: /kəmˈparəsən
 
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noun

  • 1The act or instance of comparing: they drew a comparison between Gandhi’s teaching and that of other teachers 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.
    Synonyms
    juxtaposition, collation, differentiation
  • 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.
  • 1.2The quality of being similar or equivalent: if you want a thrill, there’s no comparison to climbing on a truck and going out there on the expressway
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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.
    Synonyms
  • 2 Grammar The formation of the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs.

Phrases

bear (or stand) comparison

Be of sufficient quality to be likened favorably to someone or something of the same kind: it can stand comparison with any publishing house
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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

another way of saying beyond compare (see compare).
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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.

by/in comparison

When compared: computer-based communication is extremely fast in comparison with telephone or postal services
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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.

Origin

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

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