compare etymology

English word compare comes from Latin par (Equal. Even (of a number). Like. Suitable.), Latin cum (Although. Because. When With.), English com- (The form of con- used before b, m, and p.), English par

Detailed word origin of compare

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
par Latin (lat) Equal. Even (of a number). Like. Suitable.
cum Latin (lat) Although. Because. When With.
com- English (eng) The form of con- used before b, m, and p.
par English (eng) Alternative form of parr (“young salmon”) (transitive, golf) To reach the hole in the allotted number of strokes. (UK) An amount which is taken as an average or mean.. (golf, countable) A hole in which a player achieves par.. (golf, mostly uncountable) The allotted number of strokes to reach the hole.. Equal value; equality of nominal and actual value; the value expressed on the face or in [...]
paro Latin (lat) I prepare, arrange. I provide, furnish. I resolve, purpose.
compar Latin (lat) Fellow, partner, equal (person). Spouse Equal. Similar, comparable.
comparo Latin (lat) I compare, match, place together, couple. I arrange, appoint, ordain, establish. I prepare something with zeal, care, make ready, set in order, furnish, provide. I procure, get, purchase, obtain, prepare, make, collect.
comparer Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
compare English (eng) (intransitive) To be similar (often used in the negative).. (obsolete) To get; to obtain.. (transitive) 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.. (transitive) To declare two things to be similar in some respect ["to compare X to Y"].. [...]

Words with the same origin as compare

Descendants of par
celestial emperor empire empress imperative imperial pair peer repair sever several severance
Descendants of cum
alright collect college command commit common competition complete concern contact continue contract convince correct cos cost council count country couple court cousin cover recognize right
Descendants of com-
coil collected collecting collection collective collector comparison recollection