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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.
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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).
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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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