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compare

verb [T] (CONSIDER SIMILARITIES)    /kəmˈpeər/ US  /-per/
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.Comparing and contrasting 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.Worse and worst 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.Surpassing in quality or number
(Definition of compare verb (CONSIDER SIMILARITIES) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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