Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (v. t.) To examine the character or qualities of, as of two or more persons or things, for the purpose of discovering their resemblances or differences; to bring into comparison; to regard with discriminating attention.
2. (v. t.) To represent as similar, for the purpose of illustration; to liken.
3. (v. t.) To inflect according to the degrees of comparison; to state positive, comparative, and superlative forms of; as, most adjectives of one syllable are compared by affixing - er and -est to the positive form; as, black, blacker, blackest; those of more than one syllable are usually compared by prefixing more and most, or less and least, to the positive; as, beautiful, more beautiful, most beautiful.
4. (v. i.) To be like or equal; to admit, or be worthy of, comparison; as, his later work does not compare with his earlier.
5. (v. i.) To vie; to assume a likeness or equality.
6. (n.) Comparison.
7. (n.) Illustration by comparison; simile.
8. (v. t.) To get; to procure; to obtain; to acquire