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1A consideration or estimate of the similarities or dissimilarities between two things or people:‘they drew a comparison between Gandhi's teaching and that of other teachers’[mass noun] ‘the two books invite comparison with one another’
contrast, juxtaposition, collation, differentiationView synonyms
- ‘A simple comparison between two apparently similar works illustrates the point.’
- ‘This contention was examined through a comparison of two schools that varied considerably in the emphasis they placed on examinations.’
- ‘How can this person make a subjective comparison to other similar games if they already don't like them?’
- ‘Over the past decade I have read similar comparisons for many countries and regions of the developing world.’
- ‘To such we invite a rigid comparison of the principles and practice of the two schools at the present day.’
- ‘He also makes light of the opinion poll comparison, but the comparison is sound.’
- ‘We made a similar comparison with those reporting increased acting out when anxious.’
- ‘Hence, a comparison of the two estimates could give some clues as to how population size has changed over time.’
- ‘We made similar comparisons for daily availability of routine appointments.’
- ‘A similar comparison between 1940 and 1979 would have seen prices fall in value.’
- ‘The GMC drew a comparison between revalidation and the periodic assessments that airline pilots have to undergo.’
- ‘As the present sample did not include polyploid eudicots, a similar comparison for polyploids alone was not possible.’
- ‘If it feels unfairly singled out, it should remember that this is a comparison it invited upon itself.’
- ‘If similar comparisons are extended to the United States homeland, the conclusions are troubling.’
- ‘Calls for more bank holidays always invite comparisons - usually with the Continent.’
- ‘Of course, averages invite comparisons, and this figure varies hugely from car to car.’
- ‘This approach was considered acceptable for the comparison of the panel rating data with the measured profiles.’
- ‘His potential and spiky energy have invited comparisons with some of the finest in Liverpool's history.’
- ‘Each comparison used the topology estimated from the particular sequences being compared.’
- ‘A comparison of estimates of dip separation based on onshore geology and seismic data is presented later in the paper.’
- 1.1 An analogy:‘perhaps the best comparison is that of seasickness’
- ‘Its head was horse-like in its shape, though that is a very loose comparison.’
- ‘Until these questions are answered, a comparison to Greek rituals will just be speculative.’
- ‘Perhaps a comparison could be made with alcohol, a potent and dangerous drug.’
- ‘In the original Greek sense, analogy involved a comparison of two proportions or relations.’
- 1.2[mass noun] The quality of being similar or equivalent:‘when it comes to achievements this season, there's no comparison between Linfield and Bangor’
resemblance, likeness, similarity, similitude, correspondence, correlation, parallel, parity, symmetry, equivalence, comparability, analogyView synonyms
- ‘There is another interesting comparison between these two essays.’
- ‘There are no ceremonial procedures for entry to a civil relationship to avoid any parallel or comparison with marriage.’
- ‘Watching him take his class, there's no comparison with my uncoached, half-hearted attempts.’
- ‘The beaches themselves had no comparison with Normandy: they were only a few hundred yards wide overlooked by cliffs and hills.’
- ‘There's been a disconnection in recent coverage and there's still no comparison between the high cost airlines and ourselves.’
- ‘In the quality of their play there has been no comparison between the two.’
[mass noun] The formation of the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs.
Middle English: from Old French comparesoun, from Latin comparatio(n-), from comparare to pair, match (see compare).
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