Meaning of COMPARISON in English


/ kəmˈpærɪsn; NAmE / noun


[ U ] comparison (with sb/sth) the process of comparing two or more people or things :

Comparison with other oil-producing countries is extremely interesting.

I enclose the two plans for comparison .

The education system bears / stands no comparison with that in many Eastern European countries (= it is not as good) .


[ C ] comparison (of A and / to / with B) | comparison (between A and B) an occasion when two or more people or things are compared :

a comparison of the rail systems in Britain and France

comparisons between Britain and the rest of Europe

a comparison of men's salaries with those of women

It is difficult to make a comparison with her previous book—they are completely different.

You can draw comparisons with the situation in Ireland (= say how the two situations are similar) .

a comparison of the brain to a computer (= showing what is similar)


- by comparison

- by / in comparison (with sb/sth)

- there's no comparison

—more at pale verb



Middle English : from Old French comparesoun , from Latin comparatio(n-) , from comparare to pair, match, from compar like, equal, from com- with + par equal.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.