Definition of “comparison” - English Dictionary

“comparison” in English

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comparisonnoun [ C or U ]

uk /kəmˈpær.ɪ.sən/ us /kəmˈper.ɪ.sən/

comparison noun [ C or U ] (EXAMINING DIFFERENCES)

B2 the act of comparing two or more people or things:

They made a comparison of different countries' eating habits.
By/In comparison with the French, the British eat far less fish.

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comparison noun [ C or U ] (CONSIDERING SIMILARITIES)

B2 the fact of considering something similar or of equal quality to something else:

She drew a comparison between life in the army and life in prison.
To my mind there's no comparison between the two restaurants (= one is much better than the other).
He's a good writer but he doesn't bear/stand comparison with Shakespeare (= he is not nearly as good as Shakespeare).


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

“comparison” in American English

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comparisonnoun [ C/U ]

us /kəmˈpær·ə·sən/

comparison noun [ C/U ] (DIFFERENCE)

an examination of the differences between persons or things:

[ U ] We kept a copy of an earlier letter for comparison.
[ U ] Though over six feet tall, he was small by comparison with (= compared to) his teammates on the basketball team.

comparison noun [ C/U ] (SIMILARITY)

the act of showing that something is similar or equal to something else:

[ C ] She drew a comparison (= showed the similarities) between the Roosevelt and Kennedy administrations.

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