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Meaning of “comparative” in the English Dictionary

"comparative" in British English

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comparativenoun [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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comparativeadjective

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 ​innercities and ​ruralareas.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 ​busyoffice.
  • 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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(Definition of comparative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"comparative" in American English

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comparativenoun [C]

 us   /kəmˈpær·ət̬·ɪv/
  • comparative noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

grammar the ​form of an ​adjective or ​adverb that ​shows the thing or ​actiondescribed has more of the ​quality than some ​others of the same ​type: “Faster” is the comparative of “​fast.” “Better” is the comparative of “good.”

comparativeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /kəmˈpær·ət̬·ɪv/
considering the ​differences between one thing and another: The ​researchexamined the comparative ​effectiveness of the two ​medicaltreatments.
comparatively
adverb  us   /kəmˈpær·ət̬·ɪv·li/
The ​job was comparatively well ​paid, as ​factoryjobs go.
(Definition of comparative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “comparative”
in Arabic مُقارَن…
in Korean 비교급…
in Portuguese grau comparativo…
in Catalan comparatiu…
in Japanese (文法)比較級…
in Chinese (Simplified) (形容词或副词的)比较级…
in Turkish karşılaştırmalı, mukayeseli…
in Russian сравнительный, сопоставительный…
in Chinese (Traditional) (形容詞或副詞的)比較級…
in Italian comparativo…
in Polish porównawczy…
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