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COMPARISON

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does comparison mean? 

COMPARISON (noun)
  The noun COMPARISON has 3 senses:

1. examining resemblances or differences
2. relation based on similarities and differences
3. qualities that are comparable

  Familiarity information: COMPARISON used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPARISON (noun)


Sense 1comparison [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Examining resemblances or differences

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

comparing; comparison

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

examination; scrutiny (the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "comparison"):

likening (the act of comparing similarities)

analogy (drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect)

collation (careful examination and comparison to note points of disagreement)

confrontation (a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison)

contrast (the act of distinguishing by comparing differences)


Sense 2comparison [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relation based on similarities and differences

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

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

relation (an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "comparison"):

imaginative comparison (the kind of mental comparison that is expressed in similes or metaphors or allegories)


Sense 3comparison [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 ("comparison" is a kind of...):

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


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