contrast Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “contrast” - English Dictionary

"contrast" in American English

See all translations

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.
(Definition of contrast from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"contrast" in British English

See all translations

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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of contrast from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of contrast?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

droid

a robot (= a machine controlled by computer) that is made to look like a human

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More