contrast

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Contrast is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
contrast

Plural
contrasts

  1. (countable & uncountable) Contrasts are the differences you find when you compare something or someone.
    When comparing English and Japanese, there are many contrasts but also a large number of similarities.
    Married life is a sharp contrast to the life of a single person.

Usage[change]

  • contrast with
  • contrast between
  • in contrast (to/with)
  • by contrast (to/with)

Verb[change]

Plain form
contrast

Third-person singular
contrasts

Past tense
contrasted

Past participle
contrasted

Present participle
contrasting

  1. (transitive) If you contrast two things, you look for or explain the differences between them.
    It's difficult not to contrast the good things he says with the terrible way he acts.