comparison


comparison
[[t]kəmpæ̱rɪsən[/t]]
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comparisons
1) N-VAR: oft N of/between pl-n When you make a comparison, you consider two or more things and discover the differences between them.

...a comparison of the British and German economies...

Its recommendations are based on detailed comparisons between the public and private sectors...

There are no previous statistics for comparison.

2) N-COUNT When you make a comparison, you say that one thing is like another in some way.

It is demonstrably an unfair comparison...

He finds the comparison of insect wings with a sailing boat useful up to a point...

The comparison of her life to a sea voyage simplifies her experience.

3) PHRASE: oft PHR with/to n If you say, for example, that something is large or small in comparison with, in comparison to, or by comparison with something else, you mean that it is larger or smaller than the other thing.

Is the human heart weak in comparison with the other organs?...

The amount of carbon dioxide released by human activities such as burning coal and oil is small in comparison...

Those places are modern by comparison with Tresillian.

Syn:
compared with
4) PHRASE: oft PHR between pl-n (emphasis) If you say there is no comparison between one thing and another, you mean that you think the first thing is much better than the second, or very different from it.

There is no comparison between the knowledge and skill of such a player and the ordinary casual participant.

5) PHRASE If someone or something stands or bears comparison with another person or thing, they are as good, or almost as good. [FORMAL]

...the only post-war French intellectual who stands comparison with De Tocqueville.


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