comparison

noun
ADJECTIVE
favourable/favorable, unfavourable/unfavorable
fair, unfair
broad, crude (esp. BrE), simple
accurate, careful, close, detailed, direct
meaningful, useful, valid
apt, good, interesting
inevitable
performance, price, etc.

a price-comparison site

VERB + COMPARISON
draw, make, perform

It's difficult to make a direct comparison—the two things are so different.

allow, enable, facilitate, permit
invite

The similarity between the two invites comparison.

bear, stand

Our problems don't bear comparison with those elsewhere.

PREPOSITION
by comparison (with)

Jane is still young, and Fiona seems old by comparison.

for comparison

Let's put them side by side for comparison.

in comparison to, in comparison with

The glasses are small in comparison with the old ones.

comparison between

a comparison between figures for last year and this year

comparison with

a comparison with other schools

comparison of

a comparison of unemployment rates over the past 15 years

PHRASES
a basis for comparison

to provide a basis for comparison

a point of comparison
for the purposes of comparison

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Comparison — Com*par i*son (? or ?), n. [F. comparaison, L. comparatio. See 1st {Compare}.] 1. The act of comparing; an examination of two or more objects with the view of discovering the resemblances or differences; relative estimate. [1913 Webster] As sharp …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comparison — comparison, contrast, antithesis, collation, parallel mean a setting of things side by side so as to discover or exhibit their likenesses and differences, especially their generic likenesses and differences. Comparison is often used as the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • comparison — 1. For comparison of adjectives, see adjective 3. 2. Comparison as the noun equivalent of compare is normally followed by with, not to, and this applies also to the expression by or in comparison: • By comparison with some of the 20 million tons… …   Modern English usage

  • comparison — [kəm par′ə sən] n. [ME < OFr comparaison < L comparatio < pp. of COMPARE] 1. a comparing or being compared; estimation of similarities and differences 2. sufficient likeness to make meaningful comparison possible; possibility of… …   English World dictionary

  • comparison — I noun alikeness, analogical procedure, analogy, association, balance, comparatio, comparative estimate, conlatio, contrast, correlation, equation, measurement, nearness, parallel, rapprochement, relative estimate, relative estimation,… …   Law dictionary

  • Comparison — Com*par i*son, v. t. To compare. [Obs.] Wyclif. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comparison — mid 14c., from O.Fr. comparaison (12c.), from L. comparationem (nom. comparatio), noun of action from pp. stem of comparare make equal with, liken, bring together for a contest, lit. to couple together, to form in pairs, from com with (see COM… …   Etymology dictionary

  • comparison — [n] contrasting; corresponding allegory, analogizing, analogy, analyzing, association, balancing, bringing together, collating, collation, comparability, connection, contrast, correlation, discrimination, distinguishing, dividing, estimation,… …   New thesaurus

  • comparison — ► NOUN 1) the action or an instance of comparing. 2) the quality of being similar or equivalent …   English terms dictionary

  • comparison — n. 1) to draw, make a comparison 2) to hold up under comparison 3) to defy comparison 4) a favorable; unfavorable comparison 5) a comparison between; to, with (there is no comparison between them; she made a comparison of our literature to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • comparison — com|par|i|son [ kəm perısən ] noun *** 1. ) count or uncount the process of considering how things or people are different and how they are similar: make/draw a comparison: It is very difficult to make comparisons across schools. comparison… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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