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compare

See also: comparé

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French comparer, from Latin comparare (to prepare, procure), from compar (like or equal to another), from com- + par (equal).

VerbEdit

compare (third-person singular simple present compares, present participle comparing, simple past and past participle compared)

  1. (transitive) To assess the similarities and differences between two or more things ["to compare X with Y"]. Having made the comparison of X with Y, one might have found it similar to Y or different from Y.
    Compare the tiger's coloration with that of the zebra.
    You can't compare my problems and yours.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 6, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      Sophia broke down here. Even at this moment she was subconsciously comparing her rendering of the part of the forlorn bride with Miss Marie Lohr's.
    • 2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193: 
      Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats’ propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.
  2. (transitive) To declare two things to be similar in some respect ["to compare X to Y"].
    Astronomers have compared comets to dirty snowballs.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
      Solon compared the people unto the sea, and orators and counsellors to the winds; for that the sea would be calm and quiet if the winds did not trouble it.
  3. (transitive, grammar) To form the three degrees of comparison of (an adjective).
    We compare "good" as "good", "better", "best".
  4. (intransitive) To be similar (often used in the negative).
    A sapling and a fully-grown oak tree do not compare.
  5. (obsolete) To get; to obtain.
    • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599)
      To fill his bags, and richesse to compare.

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NounEdit

compare (uncountable)

  1. comparison
    • Milton
      His mighty champion, strong beyond compare.
    • Waller
      Their small galleys may not hold compare with our tall ships.
  2. illustration by comparison; simile
    • Shakespeare
      Rhymes full of protest, of oath, and big compare.

AsturianEdit

VerbEdit

compare

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of comparar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of comparar

FrenchEdit

VerbEdit

compare

  1. first-person singular present indicative of comparer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of comparer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of comparer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of comparer
  5. second-person singular imperative of comparer

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin compater, compatrem.

NounEdit

compare m (plural compari)

  1. godfather
  2. accomplice
  3. old friend

VerbEdit

compare

  1. third-person singular present indicative of comparire

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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

compārē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of compāreō

PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

compare

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of comparar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of comparar
  3. third-person singular imperative of comparar

SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

compare

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of comparar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of comparar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of comparar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of comparar.