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When judged against something else. The film was enjoyable, but it pales by comparison to the 1975 original.
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by comˈparison(written) used especially at the beginning of a sentence when the next thing that is mentioned is compared with something in the previous sentence: By comparison, expenditure on education increased last year.
by/in comparison (with somebody/something)when compared with somebody/something: The second half of the game was dull by comparison with the first. ♢ The tallest buildings in London are small in comparison with New York’s skyscrapers.
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