—v.t. 1. to examine (two or more objects, ideas, people, etc.) in order to note similarities and differences: to compare two pieces of cloth; to compare the governments of two nations. 2. to consider or describe as similar; liken: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 3. Gram.to form or display the degrees of comparison of (an adjective or adverb).
—v.i. 1. to be worthy of comparison; be held equal: Dekker's plays cannot compare with Shakespeare's. 2. to appear in a similar standing: His recital certainly compares with the one he gave last year. 3. to differ in quality or accomplishment as specified: Their development compares poorly with that of neighbor nations. 4. to vie; rival.
5. to make a comparison: The only way we can say which product is better is to compare. 6. compare notes. See note (def. 25).