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Definition of the noun compare

What does compare mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: compares

  1. qualities that are comparable

Definition of the verb compare

What does compare mean as a doing word?

Compare is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: compared | comparing | compares

  1. examine and note the similarities or differences of
    • examples: John compared his haircut to his friend's | We compared notes after we had both seen the movie
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or abstract] [Verb] [Patient, plural]Herman connected the computers | The merger associated the two companies
      [Agent - being or abstract] [Verb] [Patient 1] with [Patient 2]The merger associated company A with company B
      [Patient, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs mix well | The pieces interconnect easily | These computers connected well
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with [Patient 2]Folk songs alternate well with pop songs
      [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] with [Patient 2]Company A associated with Company B

      Verbs of Combining (with the same syntax): affiliate, associate, confederate, confuse, conjoin, entangle, identity, incorporate, integrate, muddle, pair, team, total.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: analyse / analyze / canvass / examine / study = consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
    • more specific words:
  2. be comparable
    • example: This car does not compare with our line of Mercedes
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific word: go = be ranked or compare
  3. consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous
    • example: We can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of compare: equate / liken
    • more generic words: consider / study = give careful consideration to
  4. to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: inflect = change the form of a word in accordance as required by the grammatical rules of the language

Alternative definition of the verb compare


  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.
  2. [transitive] To declare two things to be similar in some respect ["to compare X to Y"].
  3. [transitive][grammar] To form the three degrees of comparison of (an adjective).
  4. [intransitive] To be similar (often used in the negative).


  1. Compare: Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering research on education and pedagogy. The journal was established in 1975 and is published by Taylor & Francis. The editor-in-chief is Paul Morris. It is the official journal of the British Association for International and Comparative Education.
  2. Compare a.k.a. Compare++ is a useful auxiliary tool for programmers and Web developers. The tool can syntax-aware compare text files and folders quickly, do 3way merge. It is useful to detect differences of codes and match. In the review of Softsea in the June 2, 2010, Compare++ was awarded 5 Stars Rating. Compare++ runs on Microsoft Windows and is compatible with Windows 7.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Compare

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Google previewA Concise Guide to Market Research (2014)

The Process, Data, and Methods Using IBM SPSS Statistics by Marko Sarstedt, Erik Mooi

Compare Means ▻ One-Sample T Test standard Independent Levene's test: ▻ Analyze samples t-test 22 21 ss = ▻ Compare Means Independent samples ( pooled) ▻ Independent-Samples T Test Independent Compare one Levene's test: ...

Google previewHealth Psychology in Australia (2017)

by Jill Dorrian, Einar Thorsteinsson, Mirella Di Benedetto, Katrina Lane-Krebs, Melissa Day, Amanda Hutchinson, Kerry Sherman

continuous time compare means over time repeated measures ANOVA multiple continuous categorical compare means between categories on a number of DVs MANOVA continuous continuous (or dichotomous) determine linear relationship ...

Google previewThe Gay Science (1866)

by Eneas Sweetland Dallas

plies compa- get away from comparison, to compare is the nylon. grst giimmer ...

Google previewAn Introduction to Statistics (2013)

An Active Learning Approach by Kieth A. Carlson, Jennifer R. Winquist

Choose Compare Means and then Independent Samples t Test. • Move the Independent Variable (the one that indicates which group someone is in) into the Grouping Variable box, and click on “define.” Enter the values you used to designate ...

Google previewPrivatizing Governmental Functions (2001)

by Deborah Ballati

COMPARE is a soft wear program designed to assist analysts in developing, documenting and comparing the relative cost of operating commercial activities by in-house, other government agency or commercial entities. The Virginia ...

Google previewThe International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (2015)

by Orr, James

2:18; compare Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs, Test. Levi Act. 18:11; Sib Or 4:46, always after the consummation in the Jewish sources). But the world is growing steadily worse, ...

Google previewDictionary of the British English Spelling System (2015)

by Greg Brooks

surface when the stem is prefixed: compare ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Media and Communication (2011)

by Daniel Chandler, Rod Munday

*Gender stereotypes often frame relational communication primarily as a * feminine style (compare EXPRESSIVE COMMUNICATION; INFORMATIONAL COMMUNICATION; INSTRUMENTAL COMMUNICATION). *Constitutive models stress ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

Compare relief. kore ...

Google previewDictionary of Upriver Halkomelem (2009)

by Brent Douglas Galloway

a murmur, to murmur's (compare <ó:lthet to groan), “kwiyxo~, //k"iy=x//, /'to move's ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

[from To compare.] Worthy to be compared ; of equal regard ; wort's to contend for preference.

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Usage statistics about compare

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun compare:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb compare:


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Quotes about Compare

It's difficult to compare coaches. You really can't compare them. (Cobi Jones)
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Scrabble value of C3O1M3P3A1R1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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