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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Compare  \Com*pare"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Compared};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Comparing}.]  [L.  comparare,  fr  compar  like  or  equal 
  to  another;  com-  +  par  equal:  cf  F.  comparer.  See  {Pair}, 
  {Peer}  an  equal,  and  cf  {Compeer}.] 
  1.  To  examine  the  character  or  qualities  of  as  of  two  or 
  more  persons  or  things  for  the  purpose  of  discovering 
  their  resemblances  or  differences;  to  bring  into 
  comparison;  to  regard  with  discriminating  attention. 
 
  Compare  dead  happiness  with  living  woe.  --Shak. 
 
  The  place  he  found  beyond  expression  bright, 
  Compared  with  aught  on  earth.  --Milton. 
 
  Compare  our  faces  and  be  judge  yourself  --Shak. 
 
  To  compare  great  things  with  small  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  represent  as  similar,  for  the  purpose  of  illustration; 
  to  liken. 
 
  Solon  compared  the  people  unto  the  sea,  and  orators 
  and  counselors  to  the  winds;  for  that  the  sea  would 
  be  calm  and  quiet  if  the  winds  did  not  trouble  it 
  --Bacon. 
 
  3.  (Gram.)  To  inflect  according  to  the  degrees  of  comparison; 
  to  state  positive,  comparative,  and  superlative  forms  of 
  as  most  adjectives  of  one  syllable  are  compared  by 
  affixing  ``-  er''  and  ``-est''  to  the  positive  form  as 
  black,  blacker,  blackest;  those  of  more  than  one  syllable 
  are  usually  compared  by  prefixing  ``more''  and  ``most'', 
  or  ``less''  and  ``least'',  to  the  positive;  as  beautiful, 
  more  beautiful,  most  beautiful. 
 
  Syn:  To  {Compare},  {Compare  with},  {Compare  to}. 
 
  Usage:  Things  are  compared  with  each  other  in  order  to  learn 
  their  relative  value  or  excellence.  Thus  we  compare 
  Cicero  with  Demosthenes,  for  the  sake  of  deciding 
  which  was  the  greater  orator.  One  thing  is  compared  to 
  another  because  of  a  real  or  fanciful  likeness  or 
  similarity  which  exists  between  them  Thus  it  has  been 
  common  to  compare  the  eloquence  of  Demosthenes  to  a 
  thunderbolt,  on  account  of  its  force,  and  the 
  eloquence  of  Cicero  to  a  conflagration,  on  account  of 
  its  splendor.  Burke  compares  the  parks  of  London  to 
  the  lungs  of  the  human  body. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  comparing 
  n  :  examining  resemblances  or  differences  [syn:  {comparison}] 




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