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Is there a difference in meaning between "compare" and "compare and contrast"?

I think both means to state similarities and dissimilarities of the things compared. Is there any other meaning the word contrast adds?

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    Technically, compare means to talk about how things are SIMILAR to each other. Contrast means to find how things are DIFFERENT from each other.

    In normal conversation, though, you can use compare less strictly to talk about how things are SIMILAR OR DIFFERENT. Contrast, though, can only be used to talk about how things are DIFFERENT.

     

    Izrofel answered it very well. Also, if you ever do online shopping, there is a feature called "compare" items where you can see which products have certain features and which dont. So even though you are technically comparing AND contrasting different products, for simplicity's sake they just put "compare"

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