Compare - Definition with Examples

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What is Compare?

The dictionary definition of compare (verb) is to view something in relation to another. In math, to compare means to examine the differences between numbers, quantities or values to decide if it is greater than, smaller than or equal to another quantity.

Here, for instance, we are comparing numbers.

compare numbers

By comparing, we can define or find by how much a number is greater or smaller. 

Compare numbers - greater or smaller

Here’s how we can also compare decimals and fractions. 

compare fraction and decimal

Here’s how we can make comparisons in our daily life. 

comparison in daily life

Here, we are comparing the length of two line segments. 

compare length

We can also compare distances between two places.

compare distance

Here’s how we can make compare two quantities in terms of their weight.

compare weight


Here, we are comparing the volume of liquids. 

compare volume

  Fun Facts

  • We can also compare how shapes are alike or different.

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Instead of handing out comparison worksheets, ask your child to compare different things around him, for instance, the number of cookies in two jars or the quantity of juice in two glasses.

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