- com|pare1 [ kəm`per ] verb ***1. ) transitive to consider how things or people are different and how they are similar:compare something with/to something: Just compare the one that has been cleaned with the others.The results are then compared to the results of previous studies.compare and contrast (=show how things are similar and how they are different): The research aims to compare and contrast policies in British, American, and Japanese firms.a ) intransitive compare with used for saying how good or bad one thing is in relation to another:How does Mexico's performance compare with that of other Latin countries?compare favorably/unfavorably/well: About 2.5 percent of the country's land is registered organic: that compares very favorably with the average.something doesn't compare (with something) (=it is not as good): It's a good university, but its architecture doesn't compare with that of the older institutions.2. ) transitive to say that one thing or person is similar to another:compare something to something: His poems have been compared to those of the English Romantics.compare notesto discuss something with someone who has also experienced it or thought about itcomparecom|pare 2 [ kəm`per ] nounbeyond/without compare MAINLY LITERARYused for emphasizing the very good qualities of a person or thing
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.