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"compare" in British English

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compareverb [T]

uk   /kəmˈpeər/  us   /kəmˈper/
  • 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.

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  • 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   /kəmˈper/ literary
(Definition of compare from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compare" in American English

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compareverb

 us   /kəmˈpeər/
  • compare verb (EXAMINE DIFFERENCES)

[T] to examine or look for the differences between persons or things: This store’s prices are high compared to what some other stores charge.
  • compare verb (CONSIDER SIMILARITIES)

[I/T] to consider or suggest that something is similar or equal to something else: [I] Instant coffee doesn’t compare with freshly ground coffee (= fresh coffee is much better).
(Definition of compare from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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