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counterpart

noun coun·ter·part \-ˌpärt\

: someone or something that has the same job or purpose as another

Full Definition of COUNTERPART

1
:  one of two corresponding copies of a legal instrument :  duplicate
2
a :  a thing that fits another perfectly
b :  something that completes :  complement
3
a :  one remarkably similar to another
b :  one having the same function or characteristics as another <college presidents and their counterparts in business>
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Examples of COUNTERPART

  1. The secretary of defense met with his counterparts in Asia to discuss the nuclear crisis.
  2. Metal tools replaced their stone counterparts many, many years ago.
  3. the lead actress and her male counterpart

First Known Use of COUNTERPART

15th century
COUNTERPART Defined for Kids

counterpart

noun coun·ter·part \ˈkan-tər-ˌpärt\

Definition of COUNTERPART for Kids

:  a person or thing that is very like or equivalent to another person or thing

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