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contrastnoun [C/U]

us   /ˈkɑn·træst/
an easily noticed or understood difference between two or more things: [U] She is quite petite, in contrast with her tall sister. [C] Contrasts between Manhattan’s rich and poor astonished him.
art In art and photographs, contrast is the difference between dark and light colors or dark and light areas.

contrastverb [I/T]

us   /kənˈtræst/
to compare someone or something with another or others, or to show the differences between two or more things: [T] She contrasted Hamilton’s Federalist ideas with the Anti-Federalist views of Thomas Jefferson. [I] His aggressive style contrasts sharply with that of his low-key predecessor.
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contrastnoun [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, 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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contrastverb

uk   /kənˈtrɑːst/ us   /kənˈtræst/
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 tartness of the lemons contrasts with the sweetness of the honey.

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