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con·trast

 (kən-trăst′, kŏn′trăst′)
v. con·trast·ed, con·trast·ing, con·trasts
v.tr.
To set in opposition in order to show or emphasize differences: an essay that contrasts city and country life; contrasted this computer with inferior models.
v.intr.
1. To show differences when compared: siblings who contrast sharply in interests and abilities; a color that contrasted clearly with the dark background.
2. Linguistics To evince a difference that can distinguish meaning: Voiced and voiceless stops contrast in English but not in Cree.
n. (kŏn′trăst′)
1.
a. The act of contrasting; a setting off of dissimilar entities or objects.
b. The state of being contrasted: red berries standing in vivid contrast against the snow.
2. A difference, especially a strong dissimilarity, between entities or objects compared: the contrast between Northern and Southern speech patterns.
3. One thing that is strikingly dissimilar to another: My new school was a welcome contrast to the one before.
4. The use of opposing elements, such as colors, forms, or lines, in proximity to produce an intensified effect in a work of art.
5. The difference in brightness between the light and dark areas of a picture, such as a photograph or video image.
6. Linguistics A difference between units, especially one that distinguishes meaning.

[French contraster, from Italian contrastare, from Medieval Latin contrāstāre : Latin contrā-, contra- + Latin stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

con·trast′a·ble adj.
con·trast′ing·ly adv.

contrast

vb
(often foll by with) to distinguish or be distinguished by comparison of unlike or opposite qualities
n
1. distinction or emphasis of difference by comparison of opposite or dissimilar things, qualities, etc (esp in the phrases by contrast, in contrast to or with)
2. a person or thing showing notable differences when compared with another
3. (Art Terms) (in painting) the effect of the juxtaposition of different colours, tones, etc
4. (Photography)
a. (of a photographic emulsion) the degree of density measured against exposure used
b. the extent to which adjacent areas of an optical image, esp on a television screen or in a photographic negative or print, differ in brightness
5. (Psychology) psychol the phenomenon that when two different but related stimuli are presented close together in space and/or time they are perceived as being more different than they really are
[C16: (n): via French from Italian, from contrastare (vb), from Latin contra- against + stare to stand]
conˈtrastable adj
conˈtrastably adv
conˈtrasting adj
conˈtrastive adj
conˈtrastively adv

con•trast

(v. kənˈtræst, ˈkɒn træst; n. ˈkɒn træst)

v.t.
1. to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite qualities of.
v.i.
2. to exhibit unlikeness on comparison with something else; form a contrast.
3. (of linguistic elements, as speech sounds) to differ in a way that can serve to distinguish meanings.
n.
4. the act of contrasting; the state of being contrasted.
5. a striking exhibition of unlikeness.
6. a person or thing that is strikingly unlike in comparison.
7. opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines, or colors in a work of art.
8. the relative difference between light and dark areas of a photographic print or negative.
9. the brightness ratio of the lightest to the darkest part of a television screen image.
10. a difference between linguistic elements, esp. sounds, that can serve to distinguish meanings.
[1480–90; (v.) < Middle French contraster < Italian contrastare to contest < Latin contrā- contra-1 + stāre to stand; (n.) earlier contraste < French < Italian contrasto conflict, derivative of contrastare]
con•trast′a•ble, adj.
con•trast′a•bly, adv.

contrast


Past participle: contrasted
Gerund: contrasting

Imperative
contrast
contrast
Present
I contrast
you contrast
he/she/it contrasts
we contrast
you contrast
they contrast
Preterite
I contrasted
you contrasted
he/she/it contrasted
we contrasted
you contrasted
they contrasted
Present Continuous
I am contrasting
you are contrasting
he/she/it is contrasting
we are contrasting
you are contrasting
they are contrasting
Present Perfect
I have contrasted
you have contrasted
he/she/it has contrasted
we have contrasted
you have contrasted
they have contrasted
Past Continuous
I was contrasting
you were contrasting
he/she/it was contrasting
we were contrasting
you were contrasting
they were contrasting
Past Perfect
I had contrasted
you had contrasted
he/she/it had contrasted
we had contrasted
you had contrasted
they had contrasted
Future
I will contrast
you will contrast
he/she/it will contrast
we will contrast
you will contrast
they will contrast
Future Perfect
I will have contrasted
you will have contrasted
he/she/it will have contrasted
we will have contrasted
you will have contrasted
they will have contrasted
Future Continuous
I will be contrasting
you will be contrasting
he/she/it will be contrasting
we will be contrasting
you will be contrasting
they will be contrasting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been contrasting
you have been contrasting
he/she/it has been contrasting
we have been contrasting
you have been contrasting
they have been contrasting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been contrasting
you will have been contrasting
he/she/it will have been contrasting
we will have been contrasting
you will have been contrasting
they will have been contrasting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been contrasting
you had been contrasting
he/she/it had been contrasting
we had been contrasting
you had been contrasting
they had been contrasting
Conditional
I would contrast
you would contrast
he/she/it would contrast
we would contrast
you would contrast
they would contrast
Past Conditional
I would have contrasted
you would have contrasted
he/she/it would have contrasted
we would have contrasted
you would have contrasted
they would have contrasted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contrast - the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are comparedcontrast - the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared; "in contrast to", "by contrast"
oppositeness, opposition - the relation between opposed entities
2.contrast - the act of distinguishing by comparing differences
comparing, comparison - the act of examining resemblances; "they made a comparison of noise levels"; "the fractions selected for comparison must require pupils to consider both numerator and denominator"
3.contrast - a conceptual separation or distinction; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
differentiation, distinction - a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
point of no return, Rubicon - a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment
4.contrast - the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors
beholding, seeing, visual perception - perception by means of the eyes
5.contrast - the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness)
photography, picture taking - the act of taking and printing photographs
ambit, range, scope, reach, compass, orbit - an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "a piano has a greater range than the human voice"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power"
Verb1.contrast - put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; "The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"
differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, severalise, severalize, tell apart, separate, tell - mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
2.contrast - to show differences when compared; be different; "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"
differ - be different; "These two tests differ in only one respect"
counterbalance, oppose - contrast with equal weight or force
conflict - be in conflict; "The two proposals conflict!"
foil - enhance by contrast; "In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background"

contrast

noun
1. difference, opposition, comparison, distinction, foil, disparity, differentiation, divergence, dissimilarity, contrariety The two women provided a startling contrast in appearance.
verb
1. differentiate, compare, oppose, distinguish, set in opposition She contrasted the situation then with the present crisis.
2. differ, be contrary, be distinct, be at variance, be dissimilar Johnstone's easy charm contrasted with the prickliness of his boss.

contrast

noun
Striking difference between compared individuals:
Translations
إخْتِلاف، تَبايُن، فَرقتَبايُننَقيض، عَكسيُقارِن لِيُظْهِر الفَرق، يُغايِريُناقِض، يَتَبايَن، يَخْتَلِف مَع
být v rozporukontrastopakporovnatprotiklad
kontrastmodsætningsammenligne
kontrasto
kontrasti
kontrast
andstæîabera samanstangast á viî
相違
대조
kontrastaspriešingybėskirtisskirtumassudaryti kontrastą
kontrastētkontrastspretstatītpretstatssalīdzināt
kontrast
nasprotjeprimerjativ nasprotju
kontrast
ความแตกต่าง
zıtlıkçelişmekfarklı olan şey/kimsekarşılaştırmak
sự tương phản

contrast

A. [ˈkɒntrɑːst] N (gen) → contraste m
in contrast to or witha diferencia de, en contraste con
to form a contrast to or withcontrastar con
B. [kənˈtrɑːst] VT to contrast withcomparar con, contrastar con
C. [kənˈtrɑːst] VI to contrast withcontrastar con, hacer contraste con

contrast

[ˈkɒntræst]
n
(= difference) → contraste m
by contrast, in contrast → par contre
in contrast to → contrairement à, par opposition à
(in photo, television picture)contraste m
[kənˈtræst] vtmettre en contraste, contraster
to contrast sth with sth → contraster qch avec qch
vi [kənˈtræst] [colour, character] → contraster
to contrast with sth → contraster avec qch, trancher avec qch

contrast

n
(= contrasting)Gegenüberstellung f
Gegensatz m(with, to zu); (visual, = striking difference of opposites) → Kontrast m(with, to zu); by or in contrastim Gegensatz dazu; to be in contrast with or to somethingim Gegensatz/in Kontrast zu etw stehen; the red is a good contrastdas Rot stellt einen guten Kontrast dar; she’s quite a contrast to her sisteres besteht ein ziemlicher Gegensatz or Unterschied zwischen ihr und ihrer Schwester; the contrast between the state of the £ now and last yearder Unterschied zwischen dem jetzigen Stand des Pfundes und seinem Wert im letzten Jahr; and now, by way of contrastund nun etwas ganz anderes; what a contrast!welch ein Gegensatz!
(Art, Phot, TV) → Kontrast m
vteinen Vergleich anstellen (→ with zwischen +dat), → gegenüberstellen (→ with +dat)
viim Gegensatz or in Kontrast stehen (with zu), kontrastieren (with mit); (colours also)sich abheben (with von), abstechen (with von); to contrast unfavourably with somethingbei einem Vergleich mit or im Vergleich zu etw schlecht abschneiden; his promises and his actions contrast sharplyseine Versprechungen und seine Handlungsweise stehen in scharfem Kontrast or Gegensatz zueinander; blue and yellow contrast nicelyBlau und Gelb ergeben einen hübschen Kontrast

contrast

[n ˈkɒntrɑːst; vb kənˈtrɑːst]
1. ncontrasto
in contrast to or with → a differenza di, contrariamente a
2. vt to contrast (with)mettere a confronto (con), opporre (a)
3. vi to contrast (with)contrastare (con)

contrast

(kənˈtraːst) verb
1. to show marked difference from. His words contrast with his actions.
2. to compare so as to show differences. Contrast fresh and frozen vegetables and you'll find the fresh ones taste better.
(ˈkontraːst) noun
1. difference(s) in things or people that are compared. The contrast between their attitudes is very marked.
2. a thing or person that shows a marked difference (to another). She's a complete contrast to her sister.

contrast

تَبايُن protiklad kontrast Kontrast αντίθεση contraste kontrasti contraste kontrast contrasto 相違 대조 contrast kontrast kontrast contraste контраст kontrast ความแตกต่าง zıtlık sự tương phản 对照

con·trast

n. contraste;
___ mediummedio de ___;
v. contrastar, resaltar.

contrast

n (fam, contrast medium) medio de contraste, contraste m (fam)
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In the first place, you are struck by the general contrast between these heads.
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