comparative Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “comparative” - English Dictionary

"comparative" in American English

See all translations

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/
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)







"comparative" in British English

See all translations

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".

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

Grammar

comparativeadjective

uk   /kəmˈpær.ə.tɪv/ us   /kəmˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/
Grammar
(Definition of comparative from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of comparative?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

sunscreen

a substance that you put on your skin to prevent it from being damaged by the sun

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More