To assess the similarities and differences between two or more things [“to compare X with Y”]. Having made the comparison of X with Y, one might have found it similar to Y or different from Y.
“Compare the tiger’s coloration with that of the zebra.”
“You can’t compare my problems and yours.”
To declare two things to be similar in some respect [“to compare X to Y”].
“Astronomers have compared comets to dirty snowballs.”
To form the three degrees of comparison of (an adjective).
“We compare “good” as “good”, “better”, “best”.”
To be similar (often used in the negative).
“A sapling and a fully-grown oak tree do not compare.”
To get; to obtain.
illustration by comparison; simile
A difference in lightness, brightness and/or hue between two colours that makes them more or less distinguishable.
The degree of this difference.
“The red and the orange don’t have much contrast between them — I can hardly tell them apart.”
A difference between two objects, people or concepts.
“Israel is a country of many contrasts.”
To set in opposition in order to show the difference or differences between.
To form a contrast.
“Foreground and background strongly contrast.”