Meaning of “comparative” in the English Dictionary

"comparative" in British English

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comparativenoun [ C ]

uk /kəmˈpær.ə.tɪv/ us /kəmˈper.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".

More examples

  • 'Older' is the comparative, not the superlative, of 'old'.
  • Not all adjectives form the comparative by adding 'er' - some are irregular.
  • For homework we have a list of comparatives and superlatives to learn.
  • Yes, the comparative of 'quick' is 'quicker', but the comparative of the adverb 'quickly' is 'more quickly'.
  • This dictionary shows comparatives and superlatives if they are irregular, like 'better' (the comparative of 'good').
  • 'Better' is the comparative of 'good'.

Grammar

comparativeadjective

uk /kəmˈpær.ə.tɪv/ us /kəmˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/

Grammar

(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 action described 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/

comparative adjective [ not gradable ] (EXAMINING DIFFERENCES)

considering the differences between one thing and another:

The research examined the comparative effectiveness of the two medical treatments.
comparatively
adverb us /kəmˈpær·ət̬·ɪv·li/

The job was comparatively well paid, as factory jobs go.

(Definition of “comparative” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)