When you make a comparison, you figure out how things are similar.

Making comparisons is about taking a look at characteristics or qualities that show the similarities between living things, objects, or anything else. In the supermarket, people make comparisons based on price and ingredients. Lots of essays and articles make comparisons: between different politicians, bands, movies, athletes, and even whole era. Many teachers ask students to write comparisons in essays. If two things are totally different, you could say "There's no comparison!"

Definitions of comparison

n the act of examining resemblances

“they made a comparison of noise levels”
“the fractions selected for comparison must require pupils to consider both numerator and denominator”
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the act of comparing similarities
drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
careful examination and comparison to note points of disagreement
a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison
the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
Type of:
examination, scrutiny
the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

n relation based on similarities and differences

imaginative comparison
the kind of mental comparison that is expressed in similes or metaphors or allegories
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an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

n qualities that are comparable

“no comparison between the two books”
comparability, compare, equivalence
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alikeness, likeness, similitude
similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things

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