Compare

Definition of Compare

Com`pare´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Compared ; p. pr. & vb. n. Comparing.]
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.
v. i.1.To be like or equal; to admit, or be worthy of, comparison; as, his later work does not compare with his earlier.
I should compare with him in excellence.
- Shak.
2.To vie; to assume a likeness or equality.
Shall pack horses . . . compare with Cæsars?
- Shak.
n.1.Comparison.
His mighty champion, strong beyond compare.
- Milton.
Their small galleys may not hold compare
With our tall ships.
- Waller.
2.Illustration by comparison; simile.
Rhymes full of protest, of oath, and big compare.
- Shak.
Beyond compare
See Beyond comparison, under Comparison.
v. t.1.To get; to procure; to obtain; to acquire
To fill his bags, and richesse to compare.
- Spenser.

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