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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Frozen vegetables and fruit are just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts, thanks to the fact that most are packed within 24 hours of being picked. Abby Langer, SELF, "I'm an R.D. and I'm Really Great at Grocery Shopping—Steal My Tips," 31 Jan. 2019 As machine learning and AI transform the role of pilots, those technologies need to be as thoroughly tested as their human counterparts and deemed at least as competent. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 2018 Like its considerably more expensive counterpart in the Harley Davidson LiveWire, the SR/F is fast: Twisting the throttle activates 140 ft-lbs of torque and 110 horsepower en route to a top speed of 120 emissions-free miles per hour. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Zero's New SR/F Electric Motorcycle Charges as Fast as Your Cell Phone," 25 Feb. 2019 My Republican counterparts would call me liberal in that. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why tech companies need to reinvent themselves every three to four years," 10 Oct. 2018 The somewhat chilling image was accompanied by a totally scary picture counterpart that featured Sabrina participating in some sort of ritual. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Will Feature an Episode Inspired by “The Exorcist”," 31 Aug. 2018 Until recently, electric-battery mowers didn’t measure up to their gas counterparts. Marni Jameson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Next generation of homeowners go for greener yard tools," 6 July 2018 According to court filings, military spouses are 10 times more likely to have moved across state lines in the past year as compared to their civilian counterparts. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Military spouse goes to court to become Georgia lawyer," 15 June 2018 Great counterpart to Evil Genius across the street. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Philly dining with a view | Let's Eat," 13 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 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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