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



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, in 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”, in 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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compare (countable and uncountable, plural compares)

  1. comparison
    • Milton
      His mighty champion, strong beyond compare.
    • Waller
      Their small galleys may not hold compare with our tall ships.
    • 2013, Paolo Bruni, Carlos Alberto Gomes da Silva Junior, Craig McKellar, Managing DB2 for z/OS Utilities with DB2 Tools Solution Packs
      It is always advisable to run a compare between your source and target environments. This should highlight whether there are differences in the lengths of VARCHARs and then the differences can be corrected before you clone.
  2. illustration by comparison; simile
    • Shakespeare
      Rhymes full of protest, of oath, and big compare.




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




  • IPA(key): /komˈ, [komˈpäːre]
  • Rhymes: -are
  • Hyphenation: com‧pà‧re

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin compatrem, accusative of compater, from com- (together) + pater (father), whence also padre. Cognate to Neapolitan cumpà, Sicilian cumpari; see more at compater.


compare m (plural compari, feminine comare)

  1. A child's godfather in relation to their parents: a co-father; or a child's father in relation to their co-father and his family.
    Synonyms: padrino
  2. (extensively) A male wedding witness or best man in relation to the spouses, or a bridegroom in relation to his wedding witness.
    Synonyms: testimone, testimone di nozze
  3. (extensively) A way of addressing an old male friend.
    Synonyms: amico
  4. (extensively, derogatory) accomplice
    Synonyms: complice
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Etymology 2Edit



  1. third-person singular present indicative of comparire
    Synonyms: comparisce







  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.