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"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 ​earlierletter for comparison. [U] Though over six ​feettall, he was ​small by comparison with (= ​compared to) his ​teammates on the ​basketballteam.
  • 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)







"comparison" in British English

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comparisonnoun [C or U]

uk   /kəmˈpær.ɪ.sən/  us   /-ˈper-/
  • 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' ​eatinghabits. By/In comparison with the ​French, the British ​eatfar less ​fish.

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  • comparison noun [C or U] (CONSIDERING SIMILARITIES)

B2 the ​fact of ​considering something ​similar or of ​equalquality to something ​else: She drew a comparison betweenlife 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).
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(Definition of comparison from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “comparison”
in Arabic مُقارَنة…
in Korean 비교…
in Portuguese comparação…
in Catalan comparació…
in Japanese 比較…
in Chinese (Simplified) 查找差异, 比较,对照,对比…
in Turkish mukayese, kıyaslama, karşılaştırma…
in Russian сравнение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 查找差異, 比較,對照,對比…
in Italian paragone, confronto…
in Polish porównanie…
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