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comparative

noun [C] uk   /kəmˈpær.ə.tɪv/  us   /-ˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/ specialized
A2 the form of an adjective or adverb that expresses a difference in amount, number, degree, or quality: "Fatter" is the comparative of "fat". "More difficult" is the comparative of "difficult".
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comparative

adjective uk   /kəmˈpær.ə.tɪv/  us   /-ˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/

comparative adjective (EXAMINING DIFFERENCES)

C1 comparing different things: She's carrying out a comparative study of health in inner cities and rural areas.comparative comfort/freedom/silence, etc. C2 a situation that is comfortable, free, silent, etc. when compared to another situation or what is normal: I enjoyed the comparative calm of his flat after the busy office.

comparative adjective (WORD FORM)

specialized language relating to the form of an adjective or adverb that expresses a difference in amount, number, degree, or quality: The comparative form of "slow" is "slower".
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Translations of “comparative”
in Korean 비교급…
in Arabic مُقارَن…
in Portuguese grau comparativo…
in Catalan comparatiu…
in Japanese (文法)比較級…
in Italian comparativo…
in Chinese (Traditional) (形容詞或副詞的)比較級…
in Russian сравнительный, сопоставительный…
in Turkish karşılaştırmalı, mukayeseli…
in Chinese (Simplified) (形容词或副词的)比较级…
in Polish porównawczy…
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