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Compare, vb., 1) trans. to estimate by considering the relative qualities, to make comparison between: “c. our faces,” John I, 79. “their reasons,” Caes. III, 2, 9. Followed by to and with, indiscriminately: “his grief may be --d well to one sore sick,” Ven. 701. “--ing it to her Adonis' breath,” Ven. 701 “green dropping sap, which she --s to tears,” Ven. 701 Lucr. 1102. Lucr. 1102 Sonn. 18, 1. LLL V, 2, 37. Mids. III, 2, 138. R2 V, 5, 1. Tim. IV, 3, 319. Per. II, 1, 32. “c. them with the bettering of the time,” Sonn. 32, 5. 90, 14. 142, 3. R3 IV, 4, 119. Rom. I, 2, 91. Mcb. IV, 3, 54. nothing --ing to his == in comparison with his, Tim. III, 2, 24.
2) intr. a) to make a comparison: “else he never would c. between,” R2 II, 1, 185.
b) to think one's self equal; followed by “with. what wicked and dissembling glass of mine made me c. with Hermia's sphery eyne?” Mids. II, 2, 99. “I will not c. with an old man,” Tw. I, 3, 126. “shall pack-horses . . . c. with Caesars?” H4B II, 4, 180. “I should c. with him in excellence,” Hml. V, 2, 146. “there would be something failing in him that should c.” Cymb. I, 1, 22.
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