Definition of contrast verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    contrast

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɑːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtræst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contrast
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɑːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtræst//
     
    he / she / it contrasts
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɑːsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtræsts//
     
    past simple contrasted
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɑːstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtræstɪd//
     
    past participle contrasted
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɑːstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtræstɪd//
     
    -ing form contrasting
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɑːstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtræstɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] contrast (A and/with B) to compare two things in order to show the differences between them It is interesting to contrast the British legal system with the American one. The poem contrasts youth and age. Compare and contrast the two novels.
  2. 2  [intransitive] contrast (with something) to show a clear difference when close together or when compared Her actions contrasted sharply with her promises. Her actions and her promises contrasted sharply.
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent. (as a term in fine art, in the sense ‘juxtapose so as to bring out differences in form and colour’): from French contraste (noun), contraster (verb), via Italian from medieval Latin contrastare, from Latin contra- ‘against’ + stare ‘stand’.Extra examples Compare and contrast the two main characters in the play. He contrasted her brashness unfavourably with his mother’s gentleness. His cream shirt contrasted beautifully with his tan skin. The open approach contrasts favourably with the exclusivity of some universities. This statement contrasts starkly with his previous statements.
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