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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In fact, the new laptops will go head-to-head to with counterparts based on Intel’s 8th-gen Whiskey Lake CPUs. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Lenovo puts AMD Ryzen chips in ThinkPads, giving Intel's rival a boost," 8 May 2019 Like their chlorinated counterparts, natural pools usually have filters which will need to be cleaned regularly. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Should You Put a Natural Swimming Pool In Your Backyard?," 6 May 2019 However, makeup tends to lead to more allergic contact dermatitis than its irritant counterpart. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here's What It Means If You Got a Skin Reaction From Your Makeup," 1 Mar. 2019 There are even individuals within the same media organization commentating and reporting very differently, as well as websites producing very different content from their print counterparts. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How the Internet’s Obsession with the Royal Family Turned Toxic," 10 Feb. 2019 Goff passed for career highs of 465 yards and five touchdowns, winning a scintillating duel with his Minnesota counterpart and leading the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams to a 38-31 victory over the Vikings on Thursday night. Greg Beacham, Fox News, "Rams top Vikings, 38-31, as Goff throws for 465 yards, 5 TDs," 28 Sep. 2018 Central Florida boasts quite a few options for this treat, which is typically less fat-filled (thanks to less cream) than its ice cream counterpart. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 Cale recalls a thrilling cross-pollination of forms that benefited the live show and its digital counterpart. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "John Lithgow's latest stage isn't a stage at all: How theater is moving to your phone and car," 9 July 2018 Following their victory over Japan for the trophy, the U.S. women went on to campaign for, and receive, a better contract with U.S. Soccer that brought them closer to the compensation level of their male counterparts. Debora Rey, The Seattle Times, "Argentine women fight against inequality in soccer," 7 Nov. 2018

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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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