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UK [kəmˈpærɪs(ə)n] / US [kəmˈperɪsən] noun
Word forms "comparison":
singular comparison plural comparisons
a) [countable/uncountable] the process of considering how things or people are similar and how they are different
make/draw a comparison:

It is very difficult to make comparisons across other schools.

comparison between:

Direct comparison between the two languages is not possible.

comparison of:

We have made a systematic comparison of the techniques used by the different players.

b) [countable] a document, statement etc which makes a comparison between different things

The comparison will show how far politicians' views reflect those of the citizens.

comparison between/with/of:

Table 2 provides a comparison with last year's results.

2) [countable/uncountable] the process of finding things that are similar between two or more things or people
make/draw a comparison:

He drew comparisons between the problems faced by the university and those confronting his own establishment.

comparison between/with/of:

The comparison with his work is probably unfair.

3) [countable/uncountable] linguistics changes in the form of an adjective or adverb to show that someone or something has more of a quality, such as the change from "good" to "better" and "best"

bear/stand comparison (with)formal to be as good as someone or something; formal to be similar

Their performance bears comparison with any hospital in Scotland.

The language of the playground bears little comparison with the language of books.

by comparison (with) — used for talking about the ways in which two people or things are different

Their lives were exciting and glamorous; ours seemed dull by comparison.

By comparison with the lively teenagers, the adults were a joyless lot.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • comparison — [kəm par′ə sən] n. [ME < OFr comparaison < L comparatio < pp. of COMPARE] 1. a comparing or being compared; estimation of similarities and differences 2. sufficient likeness to make meaningful comparison possible; possibility of… …   English World dictionary

  • comparison — I noun alikeness, analogical procedure, analogy, association, balance, comparatio, comparative estimate, conlatio, contrast, correlation, equation, measurement, nearness, parallel, rapprochement, relative estimate, relative estimation,… …   Law dictionary

  • Comparison — Com*par i*son, v. t. To compare. [Obs.] Wyclif. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • comparison — [n] contrasting; corresponding allegory, analogizing, analogy, analyzing, association, balancing, bringing together, collating, collation, comparability, connection, contrast, correlation, discrimination, distinguishing, dividing, estimation,… …   New thesaurus

  • comparison — ► NOUN 1) the action or an instance of comparing. 2) the quality of being similar or equivalent …   English terms dictionary

  • comparison — n. 1) to draw, make a comparison 2) to hold up under comparison 3) to defy comparison 4) a favorable; unfavorable comparison 5) a comparison between; to, with (there is no comparison between them; she made a comparison of our literature to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • comparison — com|pa|ri|son W2S3 [kəmˈpærısən] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(comparing)¦ 2¦(judgment)¦ 3¦(be like something)¦ 4 there s no comparison 5¦(grammar)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(COMPARING)¦[U] the process of comparing two or more people or things →↑compare, comparative ↑ …   Dictionary of contemporary English