contrast

verb
con·​trast | \ kən-ˈtrast How to pronounce contrast (audio) , ˈkän-ˌtrast How to pronounce contrast (audio) \
contrasted; contrasting; contrasts

Definition of contrast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to set off in contrast : compare or appraise in respect to differences Contrast European and American manners. Contrast the two major characters of the novel. often used with to or with contrasting the painter with her contemporaries

intransitive verb

: to form a contrast

contrast

noun
con·​trast | \ ˈkän-ˌtrast How to pronounce contrast (audio) \

Definition of contrast (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : juxtaposition of dissimilar elements (such as color, tone, or emotion) in a work of art
b : degree of difference between the lightest and darkest parts of a picture
2a : the difference or degree of difference between things having similar or comparable natures the contrast between the two forms of government
b : comparison of similar objects to set off their dissimilar qualities By contrast with newer models, the computer operates slowly. : the state of being so compared In contrast to the other estimates, his was very high.
3 : a person or thing that exhibits differences when compared with another The gentle girl is a contrast to the arrogant woman.

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Other Words from contrast

Verb

contrastable \ kən-​ˈtra-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce contrast (audio) , ˈkän-​ˌtra-​ \ adjective
contrastingly \ kən-​ˈtra-​stiŋ-​lē How to pronounce contrast (audio) , ˈkän-​ˌtra-​ \ adverb

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Verb

compare, contrast, collate mean to set side by side in order to show differences and likenesses. compare implies an aim of showing relative values or excellences by bringing out characteristic qualities whether similar or divergent. compared the convention facilities of the two cities contrast implies an emphasis on differences. contrasted the computerized system with the old filing cards collate implies minute and critical inspection in order to note points of agreement or divergence. data from districts around the country will be collated

Examples of contrast in a Sentence

Verb Her black dress and the white background contrast sharply. We compared and contrasted the two characters of the story. Noun I observed an interesting contrast in the teaching styles of the two women. Careful contrast of the twins shows some differences. In contrast to last year's profits, the company is not doing very well. The queen's wit and humor made the prince seem dull by contrast. They spent millions of dollars on advertising. By way of contrast, our small company spent under 5,000 dollars.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The comedian then has a chance to contrast public perception. Jesse David Fox, Vulture, 12 May 2021 The careers of Cheney and Stefanik are seemingly racing in opposite directions, as if to contrast the fates awaiting Trump critics and backers in today’s GOP. Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, 6 May 2021 The day's events left the careers of Cheney and Stefanik seemingly racing in opposite directions, as if to contrast the fates awaiting Trump critics and backers in today's GOP. Alan Fram, ajc, 6 May 2021 Foliage colors include shades of green, orange and red, sometimes in solid hues or, more likely, in a range of variegation where the leaf center, for example, might contrast dramatically with its margins. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 May 2021 Those numbers contrast starkly with the dire winter months, when hospitals across California were overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, many reaching 0% available ICU capacity. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2021 While Teigen is hardly the first to receive backlash for decade-old tweets (edgy humor was considerably more popular back then), Teigen’s old tweets contrast heavily with her public image of a kind, progressive feminist. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 16 May 2021 But contrast how apparently easy the guilty verdicts were with how difficult the policy choices are now to get a sense of what political leaders confront from here. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 21 Apr. 2021 Here, the Wed designers contrast their bulky lace with iridescent paillettes, adding in tassels that nod to 17th century paintings. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lengths to which the U.S. is resorting to convince Americans to take a life-saving shot stands in contrast to much of the world, where vaccines are far less plentiful. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021 In contrast, the Honors Convocation is an event for soon-to-be graduates – with high academic achievement – to prepare their graduation paraphernalia and engage in related activities. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 2 June 2021 The lengths to which the U.S. is resorting to convince Americans to take a shot stands in contrast to much of the world, where vaccines are far less plentiful. Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, 2 June 2021 In contrast, a diagnostic test and effective vaccine were available within a year of the emergence of Covid-19. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 1 June 2021 In contrast, the highest energy cosmic neutrino ever seen has an energy of about a thousand trillion electron volts of energy, over 150,000 times higher. Don Lincoln, Forbes, 1 June 2021 In contrast, high tea is a full meal: supper for workers who go to bed early to be at work the next morning, or for children who are banished before the adult fun starts. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 In contrast, not a month goes by without news of some large organization entrusted with all kinds of personal and financial information being breached in a cyberattack. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 30 May 2021 In contrast, the Clark County district in the Las Vegas area has just 133 social workers for more than 320,000 students. Kate Rix, USA TODAY, 30 May 2021

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First Known Use of contrast

Verb

1646, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for contrast

Verb and Noun

French contraster, from Middle French, to oppose, resist, alteration of contrester, from Vulgar Latin *contrastare, from Latin contra- + stare to stand — more at stand

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Time Traveler for contrast

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The first known use of contrast was in 1646

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Last Updated

4 Jun 2021

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“Contrast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contrast. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for contrast

contrast

verb

English Language Learners Definition of contrast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be different especially in a way that is very obvious
: to compare (two people or things) to show how they are different

contrast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contrast (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is different from another thing
: a difference between people or things that are being compared
: the act of comparing people or things to show the differences between them

contrast

verb
con·​trast | \ kən-ˈtrast How to pronounce contrast (audio) \
contrasted; contrasting

Kids Definition of contrast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to show noticeable differences Red contrasts with black.
2 : to compare two persons or things so as to show the differences between them Contrast the styles of these two authors.

contrast

noun
con·​trast | \ ˈkän-ˌtrast How to pronounce contrast (audio) \

Kids Definition of contrast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that is different from another Today's weather is quite a contrast to yesterday's.
2 : difference or the amount of difference (as in color or brightness) between parts a photo with good contrast
3 : difference or amount of difference between related or similar things the contrast between summer and winter

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