• (America) IPA: /kəmˈpɛɹɪsən/, /kəmˈpæɹɪsən/
  • (RP) IPA: /kəmˈpæɹɪsən/


  1. The act of comparing or the state or process of being compared.
    to bring a thing into comparison with another;  there is no comparison between them
  2. An evaluation of the similarities and differences of one or more things relative to some other or each-other.
    He made a careful comparison of the available products before buying anything.
    • 1841, Thomas Macaulay, Warren Hastings
      As sharp legal practitioners, no class of human beings can bear a comparison with them.
    • The miracles of our Lord and those of the Old Testament afford many interesting points of comparison.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter II, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604 ↗; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620 ↗:
      "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. […]"
  3. With a negation, the state of being similar or alike.
    There really is no comparison between the performance of today's computers and those of a decade ago.
  4. (grammar) The ability of adjectives and adverbs to form three degrees, as in hot, hotter, hottest.
  5. That to which, or with which, a thing is compared, as being equal or like; illustration; similitude.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Mark 4:30 ↗:
      Whereto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it?
  6. (rhetoric) A simile.
  7. (phrenology) The faculty of the reflective group which is supposed to perceive resemblances and contrasts.
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