compare

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See also: comparé

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French comparer, from Latin comparare (to prepare, procure), from compar (like or equal to another), from com- + par (equal).

Verb[edit]

compare (third-person singular simple present compares, present participle comparing, simple past and past participle compared)

  1. (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.
    • 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.
    Compare the tiger's coloration with that of the zebra.
    You can't compare my problems and yours.
  2. (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
      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.
  3. (transitive, grammar) To form the three degrees of comparison of (an adjective).
    We compare good as good, better, best
  4. (intransitive) To be similar (often used in the negative).
    A sapling and a fully-grown oak tree do not compare.
    • Shakespeare
      Shall pack horses [] compare with Caesar's?
  5. (obsolete) To get; to obtain.
    • Spenser
      To fill his bags, and richesse to compare.

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Noun[edit]

compare (uncountable)

  1. comparison
    • Milton
      His mighty champion, strong beyond compare.
    • Waller
      Their small galleys may not hold compare with our tall ships.
  2. illustration by comparison; simile
    • Shakespeare
      Rhymes full of protest, of oath, and big compare.

Asturian[edit]

Verb[edit]

compare

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of comparar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of comparar

French[edit]

Verb[edit]

compare

  1. first-person singular present indicative of comparer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of comparer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of comparer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of comparer
  5. second-person singular imperative of comparer

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

compare m (plural compari)

  1. godfather
  2. accomplice
  3. old friend

Verb[edit]

compare

  1. third-person singular present indicative of comparire

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

compārē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of compāreō

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

compare

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of comparar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of comparar
  3. third-person singular imperative of comparar

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

compare

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of comparar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of comparar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of comparar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of comparar.