versus

preposition ver·sus \ ˈvər-səs , -səz \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of versus

1 : against
2 : in contrast to or as the alternative of
  • free trade versus protection

Recent Examples of versus from the Web

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Abbreviating versus

In a number of areas the English language is possessed of an embarrassment of riches, with multiple synonyms or abbreviations for a word. One such case is versus, which is often written in a shortened form. You may choose between vs, vs., and v. Take care, when writing the word out in full, that you distinguish between versus (a preposition meaning “against”) and verses (“lines of metrical writing”).

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


VERSUS Defined for English Language Learners

versus

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

preposition ver·sus \ ˈvər-səs \

Definition of versus for Students

: against 1
  • our football team versus theirs


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