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compare
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(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To regard as similar]
Syn. relate, connect, liken, note the similarities, draw a comParison, make a comParison, associate, link, reduce to a common denominator, equate, match, express by metaphor, analogize, show correspondence, allegorize, correlate, parallel, show to be similar, show to be analogous, identify with, draw a parallel between.
2. [To examine on a comparative basis]
Syn. collate, contrast, balance, parallel, bring into comParison, estimate relatively, set over against, set off against, compare notes, exchange observations, weigh one thing against another, set side by side, put alongside, hold up together, correlate, weigh, oppose, measure against, juxtapose, place in juxtaposition, confront, counterpose, note the similarities and differences, compare and contrast, distinguish between, differentiate, analyze, examine; see also distinguish 1 .
3. [To stand in relationship to another]
Syn. match, vie, rival, compete with, correspond, resemble, be comparable, be in the same class, parallel, equal, admit of comParison, measure up, match up, be on a par with, hold a candle to*, come up to*, stack up with, stack up against*; see also equal , match 3 .
beyond or [m1]past or [m1]without compare ,
Syn. incomparable, without equal, distinctive; see unique 1 .
Syn.- compare refers to a literal or figurative putting together in order to note points of resemblance and difference, and implies the weighing of parallel features for relative values [ to compare records and compact discs ] ; contrast implies a comParison for the purpose of emphasizing differences [ to contrast farm life with city life ] ; collate implies detailed, critical comParison, esp. of different versions of the same text
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. examine for differences or similarities contrast, weigh, inspect, size up, correlate, match, relate, stack up against, scrutinize, differentiate.
2. resemble correspond, take after, approximate, equal, *hold a candle to.
3. liken equate, identify with, match, tie.
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To represent as similar: analogize, assimilate, equate, identify, liken, match, parallel. See SAME. 2. To examine in order to note the similarities and differences of: balance, collate. See SAME. 3. To be equal or alike: correspond, equal, match, measure up, parallel, touch. Informal: stack up. See SAME.

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