counterpart

noun
coun·ter·part | \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpärt \

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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Joining the Hang Seng will let Xiaomi court mainland shareholders through a trading link operated by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. and its counterparts in Shanghai and Shenzhen. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Xiaomi Dials Up Big Gains on Second Day of Trading," 10 July 2018 The White House announced that the president will be meeting with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki, Finland on July 16th. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump and Putin have a rendez-vous in Helsinki.," 27 June 2018 Afghan forces have suffered far more casualties than their Western counterparts. Thomas Gibbons-neff, New York Times, "American Soldier Is Killed in Afghanistan, the 2nd This Week," 12 July 2018 With less sophisticated technology at their disposal than their modern counterparts, scientists reportedly struggled to estimate the explosions' size and power. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Never-before-seen Cold War videos declassified," 10 July 2018 By the 1960s and ’70s, single-use plastics like bags and straws had become cheaper, more convenient, and more ubiquitous than their paper counterparts. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why everyone is shunning plastic straws," 4 July 2018 Yellow tomatoes – think of the explosively sweet Sun Gold variety – can contain far less lycopene than their red counterparts and in some cases none at all. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Q&A: Can you use tomatoes as a natural alternative to sunscreen?," 30 June 2018 Children living in situations like these are far more vulnerable to stress than their counterparts. Erika Andersen, Good Housekeeping, "The Only Reason My Husband Survived Abuse and Poverty As a Child: His Faith in God," 26 June 2018 Waterproof zippers are an expensive feature and have a tendency to fail quicker than their simpler counterparts. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "What to Splurge on (and Avoid) When Buying Gear," 22 June 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 \

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 \

Legal Definition of counterpart 

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

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