1 COMPARING (U) the process of comparing two people or things
(+ with): Comparison with the director's earlier movies seems inevitable. | by comparison (=compared to someone or something else): After months of being in a tropical climate, Spain seemed cool by comparison. | for comparison (=for the purpose of comparing): He showed us the original text for comparison. | in comparison with/to (=compared to someone or something else): In comparison with the States, the UK is tiny. | invite comparison (=if an object, idea etc invites comparison with something else, it reminds you of it so that you compare them): Her paintings invite comparison with those of the early Impressionists. | on comparison (=after you have compared two things to see if they are similar or different): On comparison, the Escort was the more reliable car. | stand/bear comparison (=compare favourably with someone or something): Irving's work bears comparison with the best of the modern novelists.
2 JUDGEMENT (C) a statement or examination that considers how similar or different two people, places, things etc are
(+ of): a comparison of smog levels in Chicago and Detroit (+ between): a comparison between the two novels
3 BE LIKE STH (C) a statement that someone or something is like someone or something else
(+to): The comparison of the mall to a zoo seemed entirely appropriate. | make a comparison (=consider the similarities between two things): You can't make a comparison between American and Japanese schools - they're too different. | draw a comparison (=show a similarity between two ideas or things): It's tempting to draw a comparison between this and the Watergate scandal.
4 there's no comparison spoken used when you think that someone or something is much better than someone or something else: There's just no comparison between the junk he sings now and his earlier songs.
5 GRAMMAR (U) a word used in grammar meaning the way an adverb or adjective changes its form to show whether it is comparative 1 (4) or superlative 1 (2)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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