Compare implies an aim of showing relative values or excellences by bringing out characteristic qualities whether similar or divergent
The ability to compare new problems with old information or with problems already solved. [Coon, Dennis. Introduction to Psychology, Exploration and Application. St. Paul: West Publishing Company, 1989. Chapter: Learning & Cognition]
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Compare vb [ME, fr. MF comparer, fr. L comparare to couple, compare, fr. compar like, fr. com- + par equal] vt [14c] 1: to represent as similar: Liken [Shall I __ thee to a summer's day? -Shak.] 2a: to examine the character or qualities of esp. in order to discover resemblances or differences [__ your responses with the answers] b: to view in relation to [tall compared to me] 3: to inflect or modify [an adjective or adverb] according to the degrees of comparision -vi 1: to bear being compared 2: to make comparisons 3: to be equal or alike [nothing __s to you]
-syn Compare, Contrast, Collate mean to set side by side in order to show differences and likenesses. Compare implies an aim of showing relative values or excellences by bringing out characteristic qualities whether similar or divergent [compared the convention facitlities of the two cities]. Contrast implies an emphasis on differences [contrasted the computerized system with the old filing cards]. Collate implies minute and critical inspection in order to note points of agreement or divergence [data from districts around the country willl be collated].
2 Compare n : the possibility of comparing [beauty beyond __; also: something with which to be compared [a city withing __]
Comparison n [ME, fr. MF comparaison, fr. L comparation-, comparatio, fr. comparare] [14c] 1: the act or process of comparing: as a: the representing of one thing or person as similar to or like another b: an examination of two or more items to establish similarities and dissimilarities 2: identity of feature: Similarity [several points of __ between the two] 3: the modification of an adjective or adverb to denote different levels of quality, quantity, or relation
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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