- 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 anotherMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1An analogy: perhaps the best comparison is that of seasicknessMore example sentences
- 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 BangorMore example sentences
- 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.
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 ScotlandMore example sentences
- 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.
- Surpassing all others of the same kind.More example sentences
- 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 PresidentMore example sentences
- 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).