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English noun: compare

1. compare (attribute) qualities that are comparable

SamplesNo comparison between the two books.
Beyond compare.

Synonymscomparability, comparison, equivalence

Broader (hypernym)alikeness, likeness, similitude

English verb: compare

1. compare (cognition) examine and note the similarities or differences of

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

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study

Narrower (hyponym)analogise, analogize, collate

Verb groupcompare

2. compare (stative) be comparable

SamplesThis car does not compare with our line of Mercedes.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)go

Verb groupcompare

3. compare (cognition) consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous

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

Synonymsequate, liken

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)consider, study

4. compare (communication) to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)inflect

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