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noun comparison pronunciation in American English /kəmˈperɪsən/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the process of considering how things or people are similar and how they are different
    make/draw a comparison: It is very difficult to make comparisons across other schools.
    comparison between: Direct comparison between the two languages is not possible.
    comparison of: We have made a systematic comparison of the techniques used by the different players.
    1. a.
      [countable] a document, statement, etc. which makes a comparison between different things
      The comparison will show how far politicians’ views reflect those of the citizens.
      comparison between/with/of: Table 2 provides a comparison with last year’s results.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the process of finding things that are similar between two or more things or people
    make/draw a comparison: He drew comparisons between the problems faced by the university and those confronting his own institution.
    comparison between/with/of: The comparison with his work is probably unfair.



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