compare Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "compare" - English Dictionary

See all translations

compareverb [T]

uk   /kəmˈpeər/  us   /-per/

compare verb [T] (EXAMINE DIFFERENCES)

B1 to examine or look for the difference between two or more things: If you compare house prices in the two areas, it's quite amazing how different they are. That seems expensive - have you compared prices in other shops? Compare some recent work with your older stuff and you'll see how much you've improved. This road is quite busy compared to/with ours. Children seem to learn more interesting things compared to/with when we were at school.
More examples

compare verb [T] (CONSIDER SIMILARITIES)

to judge, suggest, or consider that something is similar or of equal quality to something else: The poet compares his lover's tongue to a razor blade. Still only 25, she has been compared to the greatest dancer of all time. People compared her to Elizabeth Taylor. You can't compare the two cities - they're totally different.does not compare If something or someone does not compare with something or someone else, the second thing is very much better than the first: Instant coffee just doesn't compare with freshly ground coffee.compare favourably If something compares favourably with something else, it is better than it: The hotel certainly compared favourably with the one we stayed in last year.

comparenoun

uk   /kəmˈpeər/  us   /-per/ literary
beyond compare so good that everyone or everything else is of worse quality: Her beauty is beyond compare.
(Definition of compare from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of compare?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “compare” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
meme

an idea, image, video, etc. that is spread very quickly on the internet

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With America’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most important

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More