contrast

contrast
I UK [ˈkɒntrɑːst] / US [ˈkɑnˌtræst] noun
Word forms "contrast":
singular contrast plural contrasts
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1) [countable/uncountable] a noticeable difference between people or things
contrast between:

the contrast between her life before the accident and now

In contrast to his predecessor, Bush has little interest in foreign travel.

2) [countable] something that is different from something else in a very noticeable way
contrast to:

The little village was a total contrast to San Francisco.

3) [uncountable] art the differences in light or colour that you can see in a painting or photograph, or on a television

by/in contrast — used when you are comparing two things or people and saying that the second one is very different from the first

The technology sector is doing badly. Old economy stocks, by contrast, are performing well again.

in contrast to someone/by contrast with something:

In contrast to his predecessor, Bush has little appetite for foreign travel.

in marked/sharp/stark/striking contrast to:

Johnny's friendliness was in marked contrast to his brother's rude behaviour.

stand/be in contrast to — to be very different from something else

Her views stand in stark contrast to those of her colleagues.


II UK [kənˈtrɑːst] / US [kənˈtræst] verb
Word forms "contrast":
present tense I/you/we/they contrast he/she/it contrasts present participle contrasting past tense contrasted past participle contrasted
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1) [intransitive] if one thing contrasts with another, the two things are different from each other, often in a noticeable or interesting way
contrast with:

Her dark hair contrasted sharply with her pale silk gown.

The poverty of the southern district contrasts markedly with the affluence of the northern suburbs.

2) [transitive] to compare two things in order to show how they are different

When you contrast their work records, Julie is clearly more qualified.

contrast someone/something with someone/something:

He contrasted his party's record on unemployment with that of the last government.


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