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contrast

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English

Etymology

French contraster, from Late Latin contrastare, to resist, to withstand

Pronunciation

  • (noun):
    • (RP): /ˈkɒntrɑːst/, /"kQntrA:st/
    • (US): kŏn'trăst, /ˈkɑntræst/, /"kAntr{st/
  • (verb):
    • (RP): /kənˈtrɑːst/, /k@n"trA:st/
    • (US): either kəntrăst', /kənˈtræst/, /k@n"tr{st/ or as for the noun
  • Rhymes: -ɑːst

Noun

Singular
contrast

Plural
s

contrast (s)
  1. (uncountable) A difference in lightness, brightness and/or hue between two colours that makes them more or less distinguishable.
  2. (uncountable) The degree of this difference.
    The red and the orange don't have much contrast between them — I can hardly tell them apart.
  3. (countable) A difference between two objects, people or concepts.
    Israel is a country of many contrasts.
  4. (uncountable) A control on a television, etc, that adjusts the amount of contrast in the images being displayed.

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Verb

Infinitive
to contrast

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to contrast (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To set in opposition in order to show the difference or differences between.

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