Definition of versus preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvɜːsəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɜːrsəs//
    (abbreviation v, vs)
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  1. 1(sport or law) used to show that two teams or sides are against each other It is France versus Brazil in the final. in the case of the State versus Ford
  2. 2used to compare two different ideas, choices, etc. It was the promise of better job opportunities versus the inconvenience of moving away and leaving her friends.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from a medieval Latin use of Latin versus ‘towards’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: versus