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contrast

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈkɒn.trɑːst/ us    /ˈkɑːn.træst/
B2 an obvious difference between two or more things: I like the contrast of the white trousers with the black jacket. The antique furnishing provides an unusual contrast to the modernity of the building. There's a marked contrast between his character and hers. Their economy has expanded enormously, while ours, by/in contrast, has declined. The amount spent on defence is in stark/sharp (= in very noticeable) contrast to that spent on housing and health. I love his use of contrast (= strong differences between light and darkness) in his later photographs.
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verb uk   /kənˈtrɑːst/ us    /-ˈtræst/
C2 [T] to compare two people or things in order to show the differences between them: If you contrast some of her early writing with her later work, you can see just how much she improved.C2 [I] If one thing contrasts with another, it is very different from it: The styles of the two film makers contrast quite dramatically. The sharpness of the lemons contrasts with the sweetness of the honey.
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Translations of “contrast”
in Korean 차이, 대조…
in Arabic تَبايُن…
in French contraste…
in Turkish karşılaştırma, kıyaslama, tezat…
in Italian contrasto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 差別,差異, 對照,對比…
in Russian контраст…
in Polish kontrast…
in Spanish ser como el día y la noche…
in Portuguese contraste…
in German der Gegensatz…
in Catalan contrast…
in Japanese (2人、2つのものの)違い…
in Chinese (Simplified) 差别,差异, 对照,对比…
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