- 1 (abbreviation cf., cp.) [transitive] to examine people or things to see how they are similar and how they are different compare A and B It is interesting to compare their situation and ours. We compared the two reports carefully. compare A with/to B We carefully compared the first report with the second. My own problems seem insignificant compared with other people's. I've had some difficulties, but they were nothing compared to yours (= they were not nearly as bad as yours). Standards in health care have improved enormously compared to 40 years ago. Language BankcontrastHighlighting differences This survey highlights a number of differences in the way that teenage boys and girls in the UK spend their free time. One of the main differences between the girls and the boys who took part in the research was the way in which they use the Internet. Unlike the girls, who use the Internet mainly to keep in touch with friends, the boys questioned in this survey tend to use the Internet for playing computer games. The girls differ from the boys in that they tend to spend more time keeping in touch with friends on the telephone or on social networking websites. Compared to the boys, the girls spend much more time chatting to friends on the telephone. On average the girls spend four hours a week chatting to friends on the phone. In contrast, very few of the boys spend more than five minutes a day talking to their friends in this way. The boys prefer competitive sports and computer games, whereas/while the girls seem to enjoy more cooperative activities, such as shopping with friends. When the girls go shopping, they mainly buy clothes and cosmetics. The boys, on the other hand, tend to purchase computer games or gadgets. Language BankillustrateReferring to a chart, graph or table This bar chart illustrates how many journeys people made on public transport over a three-month period. This table compares bus, train, and taxi use between April and June. The results are shown in the chart below. In this pie chart, the survey results are broken down by age. This pie chart breaks down the survey results by age. As can be seen from these results, younger people use buses more than older people. According to these figures, bus travel accounts for 60% of public transport use. From the data in the above graph, it is apparent that buses are the most widely used form of public transport.
- 2 [intransitive] compare with/to somebody/something to be similar to somebody/something else, either better or worse This school compares with the best in the country (= it is as good as them). This house doesn't compare with our previous one (= it is not as good). Their prices compare favourably to those of their competitors.
- 3 [transitive] compare A to B to show or state that somebody/something is similar to somebody/something else The critics compared his work to that of Martin Amis. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French comparer, from Latin comparare, from compar
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BrE BrE//kəmˈpeə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈper//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they compare
BrE BrE//kəmˈpeə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈper//he / she / it compares
BrE BrE//kəmˈpeəz//; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈperz//past simple compared
BrE BrE//kəmˈpeəd//; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈperd//past participle compared
BrE BrE//kəmˈpeəd//; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈperd//-ing form comparing
BrE BrE//kəmˈpeərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈperɪŋ//