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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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