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verb compare pronunciation in British English /kəmˈpeə(r)/
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present tense
present participlecomparing
past tensecompared
past participlecompared
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  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.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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