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COMPARE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compare mean? 

COMPARE (noun)
  The noun COMPARE has 1 sense:

1. qualities that are comparable

  Familiarity information: COMPARE used as a noun is very rare.


COMPARE (verb)
  The verb COMPARE has 4 senses:

1. examine and note the similarities or differences of
2. be comparable
3. consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous
4. to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb

  Familiarity information: COMPARE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPARE (noun)


Sense 1compare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Qualities that are comparable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

comparability; compare; comparison; equivalence

Context examples:

no comparison between the two books / beyond compare

Hypernyms ("compare" is a kind of...):

alikeness; likeness; similitude (similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things)


COMPARE (verb)


Sense 1compare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Examine and note the similarities or differences of

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context examples:

John compared his haircut to his friend's / We compared notes after we had both seen the movie

Hypernyms (to "compare" is one way to...):

analyse; analyze; canvas; canvass; examine; study (consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compare"):

analogise; analogize (make an analogy)

collate (compare critically; of texts)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2compare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be comparable

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes

Hypernyms (to "compare" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compare"):

go (be ranked or compare)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3compare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

liken; equate; compare

Context examples:

We can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans / You cannot equate success in financial matters with greed

Hypernyms (to "compare" is one way to...):

consider; study (give careful consideration to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 4compare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "compare" is one way to...):

inflect (change the form of a word in accordance as required by the grammatical rules of the language)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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