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verb     compare pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecomparing
past tensecompared
past participlecompared
  1. 1
    [transitive] to consider how things or people are similar and how they are different
    compare something with/to something:

    Just compare the one that has been cleaned with the others.

    The results are then compared to the results of previous studies.

    compare and contrast (=show how things are similar and how they are different):

    The research aims to compare and contrast policies in British, American, and Japanese firms.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] used for saying how good or bad one thing is in relation to another
      compare with:

      How does the UK’s performance compare with that of other European countries?

      compare favourably/unfavourably/well:

      About 2.5% of Scottish land is registered organic: that compares very favourably with the European average.

      something doesn’t compare (with something) (=it is not as good):

      It’s a good university, but its architecture doesn’t compare with that of the older institutions.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to say that one thing or person is similar to another
    compare something to something:

    The band has been compared to the Beatles.



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