vis-a-vis


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vis-à-vis

 (vē′zə-vē′)
prep.
1. Face to face with; opposite to.
2. Compared with.
3. In relation to.
adv.
Face to face.
n. pl. vis-à-vis (-vēz′, -vē′)
1. One that is face to face with or opposite to another.
2. A date or an escort, as at a party.
3. One that has the same functions and characteristics as another; a counterpart.

[French : vis, face + à, to.]

vis′-à-vis′ adj.
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vis-à-vis

(ˌviːzɑːˈviː)
prep
1. in relation to; regarding
2. face to face with; opposite
adv, adj
face to face; opposite
n, pl vis-à-vis
3. a person or thing that is situated opposite to another
4. a person who corresponds to another in office, capacity, etc; counterpart
5. (Furniture) an upholstered sofa; tête-à-tête
6. a type of horse-drawn carriage in which the passengers sit opposite one another
7. a coin having an obverse upon which two portraits appear facing each other
[C18: French, from vis face]
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vis-à-vis

(ˌvi zəˈvi; Fr. vi zaˈvi)

adv., adj., prep., n., pl. -vis (-ˈviz; Fr. -ˈvi) adv.
1. face to face.
adj.
2. face-to-face.
prep.
3. in relation to: income vis-à-vis expenditures.
4. facing; opposite.
n.
5. a person face-to-face with or situated opposite to another.
6. a person of equal authority, rank, or the like.
7. a carriage in which the occupants sit face to face.
[1745–55; < French]
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vis-à-vis

A French phrase meaning face to face, used to mean in relation to.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vis-a-vis - a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another
equivalent - a person or thing equal to another in value or measure or force or effect or significance etc; "send two dollars or the equivalent in stamps"
match - something that resembles or harmonizes with; "that tie makes a good match with your jacket"
mismatch - a bad or unsuitable match
complement - either of two parts that mutually complete each other
2.vis-a-vis - small sofa that seats two peoplevis-a-vis - small sofa that seats two people  
couch, lounge, sofa - an upholstered seat for more than one person
Adv.1.vis-a-vis - face-to-face with; literally `face to face'; "they sat vis-a-vis at the table"; "I found myself vis-a-vis a burly policeman"
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vis-à-vis

noun
One that has the same functions and characteristics as another:
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Translations

vis-à-vis

[ˈviːzəviː] PREP (= with regard to) → con respecto a, en relación con, con relación a
Switzerland's position vis-à-vis the ECla posición de Suiza con respecto a or en relación con or con relación a la CE
the government's policy vis-à-vis the unionsla política del gobierno frente a los sindicatos
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vis-à-vis

[ˌviːzəˈviː] prepvis-à-vis de
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vis-à-vis

prepin Anbetracht (+gen)
advgegenüber
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vis-à-vis

[ˌviːzəˈviː] preprispetto a, in confronto a, nei riguardi di
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References in classic literature ?
But as she was dancing the last quadrille with one of the tiresome young men whom she could not refuse, she chanced to be vis-a-vis with Vronsky and Anna.
They were dancing the renowned "Can-can." A handsome girl in the set before me tripped forward lightly to meet the opposite gentleman, tripped back again, grasped her dresses vigorously on both sides with her hands, raised them pretty high, danced an extraordinary jig that had more activity and exposure about it than any jig I ever saw before, and then, drawing her clothes still higher, she advanced gaily to the center and launched a vicious kick full at her vis-a-vis that must infallibly have removed his nose if he had been seven feet high.
People opposite were looking at them, Ernestine talked to her vis-a-vis. It was some time before he spoke again, when he did he took up the thread of their conversation where he had left it.
Captain Horton found his vis-a-vis a somewhat unsatisfactory companion.
He never doubted but that in a month of two his vis-a-vis would talk differently.
This strange Englishman I had met first in Prussia, where we had happened to sit vis-a-vis in a railway train in which I was travelling to overtake our party; while, later, I had run across him in France, and again in Switzerland--twice within the space of two weeks!
The afternoon sunlight still lingered upon the bright lawns and shrubberies, and up and down Bellevue Avenue rolled a double line of victorias, dog-carts, landaus and "vis-a-vis," carrying well-dressed ladies and gentlemen away from the Beaufort garden-party, or homeward from their daily afternoon turn along the Ocean Drive.
All the libertine graces of his youth reappeared; he seemed to have the wealth of three hundred thousand francs of debt, while his vis-a-vis waited before the door.
Having quickly completed these operations, he drew his chair vis-a-vis to his companion's, and waited until the latter should open the conversation.
I was sitting in the window-seat, with my back to the light, and I had him VIS-A-VIS; a position he would much rather have had reversed; for, at any time, he preferred scrutinizing to being scrutinized.
L'ouguiya mauritanien reste stable face a l'euro, au franc CFA et affiche un leger repli vis-a-vis du dollar us, selon les taux de change publies mercredi par la Banque Centrale de Mauritanie (BCM).
Moreover, company's diversification initiatives (Lubricants, LPG, Specialized Fuels/Chemicals and LNG) and significant investment in infrastructure (both storage and retail pumps) will be a source of competitive advantage for HPL vis-a-vis other OMCs and will allow it to sustain its market position.