counterpart

noun
coun·​ter·​part | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt How to pronounce counterpart (audio) \

Definition of counterpart

1 : one of two corresponding copies of a legal instrument : duplicate
2a : a thing that fits another perfectly
b : something that completes : complement the lead actress and her male counterpart
3a : one remarkably similar to another The crow is sometimes mistaken for its larger counterpart, the raven.
b : one having the same function or characteristics as another college presidents and their counterparts in business

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Examples of counterpart in a Sentence

The secretary of defense met with his counterparts in Asia to discuss the nuclear crisis. Metal tools replaced their stone counterparts many, many years ago. the lead actress and her male counterpart
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And get this: The new cards don’t really cost more than their slower, older counterparts. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce RTX 'Super' cards aim to one-up AMD with more power for the same price," 2 July 2019 Rapinoe, Morgan, Carli Lloyd—are far more famous than their mostly-anonymous male counterparts on the much-less-successful U.S. men’s team. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Why You Need to Watch the USWNT vs. France," 27 June 2019 Older Democrats and those who describe themselves as moderates or conservatives were more likely to have reservations than their younger and more liberal counterparts. NBC News, "Still some extra hurdles for LGBTQ candidates, poll shows," 26 June 2019 So far, American antitrust authorities have been far less aggressive than their European counterparts in challenging the tech giants. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "5 Lessons From Microsoft’s Antitrust Woes, by People Who Lived It," 23 June 2019 The Africans went on to finish level on points and goal difference with Italy, the latter going through having scored one more than their counterparts. SI.com, "50 of the Biggest Controversies in Football History," 21 June 2019 Edwards also echoed the reporters’ analysis that found those private schools purport to be better than their public counterparts, but in many cases are not, unbeknownst to participating families. Kim Chatelain, nola.com, "Edwards vows to push for changes to Louisiana voucher program after news investigation reveals flaws," 18 June 2019 In that age group, African Americans are 10 times more likely to drown than their white counterparts. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "The fatal drowning rate for black kids is stark. History is part of that.," 13 June 2019 More Stories Byeongsu is less apologetic about his crimes than his TV counterparts. Alana Mohamed, The Atlantic, "Inside the Head of an Aging Serial Killer," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of counterpart

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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counterpart

noun

English Language Learners Definition of counterpart

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

counterpart

noun
coun·​ter·​part | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt How to pronounce counterpart (audio) \

Kids Definition of counterpart

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

counterpart

noun
coun·​ter·​part | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt How to pronounce counterpart (audio) \

Legal Definition of counterpart

: one of two corresponding or duplicate copies of a legal instrument

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