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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.



uk /kəmˈpeər/ us /kəmˈper/ literary

(Definition of “compare” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /kəmˈpeər/


[ 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.


[ 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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