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.
noun(in phrase beyond or without compare) literary Back to top
- 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.
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.
Is there any difference between compare with and compare to, and is one more correct than the other? There is a slight difference, in that it is usual to use to rather than with when describing the resemblance, by analogy, of two quite different things, as in critics compared Ellington’s music to the music of Beethoven and Brahms. In the sense ‘estimate the similarity or dissimilarity between’, with is often preferred to to, as in schools compared their facilities with those of others in the area. However, in practice the distinction is not clear-cut and both compare with and compare to can be used in either context.
- Exchange ideas, opinions, or information about a particular subject: the women compared notes on how their husbands were doingMore 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.
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