- 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 bestbear/stand comparison (with) FORMAL1. ) 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 comparisonused 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 FORMALto be similar to someone or something:His powerful performances inevitably invite comparison with those of de Niro.there's no comparisonused 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.