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See also: comparé
- (transitive) To assess the similarities and differences between two or more things ["to compare X with Y"]. Having made the comparison of X with Y, one might have found it similar to Y or different from Y.
- Compare the tiger's coloration with that of the zebra.
- You can't compare my problems and yours.
2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193:
- Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats’ propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.
- (transitive) To declare two things to be similar in some respect ["to compare X to Y"].
- Astronomers have compared comets to dirty snowballs.
- Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
- Solon compared the people unto the sea, and orators and counsellors to the winds; for that the sea would be calm and quiet if the winds did not trouble it.
- (transitive, grammar) To form the three degrees of comparison of (an adjective).
- We compare "good" as "good", "better", "best".
- (intransitive) To be similar (often used in the negative).
- A sapling and a fully-grown oak tree do not compare.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
- Shall pack horses […] compare with Caesar's?
- (obsolete) To get; to obtain.
- Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599)
- To fill his bags, and richesse to compare.
- Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599)
to assess the similarities between two things or between one thing and another
to form the three degrees of comparison of
to be similar
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- His mighty champion, strong beyond compare.
- Their small galleys may not hold compare with our tall ships.
- illustration by comparison; simile
- Rhymes full of protest, of oath, and big compare.
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- first-person singular present indicative of comparer
- third-person singular present indicative of comparer
- first-person singular present subjunctive of comparer
- third-person singular present subjunctive of comparer
- second-person singular imperative of comparer
compare m (plural compari)
- third-person singular present indicative of comparire
- second-person singular present active imperative of compāreō
- first-person singular present subjunctive of comparar
- third-person singular present subjunctive of comparar
- third-person singular imperative of comparar
- Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of comparar.
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of comparar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of comparar.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of comparar.