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English definition of “compare”

compare

verb
 
 
/kəmˈpeər/
EXAMINE [T] B1 to examine the ways in which two people or things are different or similar: The teachers are always comparing me with/to my sister.Comparing and contrasting
AS GOOD [I] to be as good as something else: This product compares well with more expensive brands.Being or appearing similar or the same
compared to/with sb/sth B2 used when saying how one person or thing is different from another: This room is very tidy compared to mine. → See also compare notesComparing and contrasting
(Definition of compare from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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