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preposition ver·sus \ˈvər-səs, -səz\

Definition of versus

  1. 1 :  against

  2. 2 :  in contrast to or as the alternative of free trade versus protection

Origin and Etymology of versus

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, towards, against, from Latin, adverb, so as to face, from past participle of vertere to turn


First Known Use: 15th century


VERSUS Defined for English Language Learners

versus

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preposition ver·sus \ˈvər-səs, -səz\

Definition of versus for English Language Learners

  • —used to indicate two different things, choices, etc., that are being compared or considered


VERSUS Defined for Kids

versus

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preposition ver·sus \ˈvər-səs\

Definition of versus for Students

  1. :  against 1 our football team versus theirs



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