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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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