1. [ verb ] examine and note the similarities or differences of

"John compared his haircut to his friend's" "We compared notes after we had both seen the movie"

Related terms: analyze collate analogize comparison
2. [ verb ] be comparable

"This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes"

Related terms: be go comparison
3. [ verb ] consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous
Synonyms: equate liken

"We can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans" "You cannot equate success in financial matters with greed"

Related terms: study comparison peer comparison
4. [ verb ] (grammar) to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb
Related terms: inflect
5. [ noun ] qualities that are comparable
Synonyms: equivalence comparability comparison

"no comparison between the two books" "beyond compare"

Related terms: likeness
Similar spelling:   compere