com|par|i|son [ kəm`perısən ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount the process of considering how things or people are different and how they are similar:
make/draw a comparison: It is very difficult to make comparisons across schools.
comparison between/with: Direct comparison between the two languages is not possible.
comparison of: We have made a systematic comparison of the techniques used by the different players.
a ) count a document, statement, etc. in which things are compared:
The comparison will show how far politicians' views reflect those of the citizens.
comparison between/with/of: Table 2 provides a comparison with last year's results.
2. ) count or uncount the process of finding things that are similar between two or more things or people:
make/draw a comparison: He drew comparisons between the problems faced by the university and those confronting his own institution.
comparison between/with/of: The comparison with his work is probably unfair.
3. ) count or uncount LINGUISTICS in grammar, changes in the form of an adjective or adverb to show that something has more of a quality, such as the change from good to better and best
bear/stand comparison (with) FORMAL
1. ) to be as good as someone or something:
Their performance bears comparison with any hospital in Texas.
2. ) to be similar:
The language of the playground bears little comparison with the language of books.
by comparison (with)
used for talking about the ways in which two things are different:
Their lives were exciting and glamorous; ours seemed dull by comparison.
By comparison with the lively teenagers, the adults were a joyless lot.
in comparison
used for talking about the ways in which two things are different:
Smaller towns have less money to spend, so their systems are very modest in comparison.
in comparison with: In comparison with the male, the female is stronger and more energetic.
in comparison to: Why are things cheaper in comparison to last year?
invite comparison with FORMAL
to be similar to someone or something:
His powerful performances inevitably invite comparison with those of de Niro.
there's no comparison
used for saying that one thing is much better than the other:
I never loved her the way I love you: there's no comparison.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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