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1 contrast /kənˈtræst/ Brit /kənˈtrɑːst/ verb
contrasts; contrasted; contrasting
1 contrast
/kənˈtræst/ Brit /kənˈtrɑːst/
contrasts; contrasted; contrasting
Learner's definition of CONTRAST
[no object] : to be different especially in a way that is very obvious形成对比;显出明显的差异
often + with
[+ object] : to compare (two people or things) to show how they are different对比;对照
often + with or to

— contrasting

adjective [more contrasting; most contrasting]

— contrastingly

2 contrast /ˈkɑːnˌtræst/ Brit /ˈkɒnˌtrɑːst/ noun
plural contrasts
2 contrast
/ˈkɑːnˌtræst/ Brit /ˈkɒnˌtrɑːst/
plural contrasts
Learner's definition of CONTRAST
[count] : something that is different from another thing对照物;明显不同的事物+ to
: a difference between people or things that are being compared差异;差别
[noncount] : the act of comparing people or things to show the differences between them对比;对照
[noncount] : the difference between the dark and light parts of a painting or photograph(绘画或照片中的)颜色反差,明暗对比

— contrasting

adjective [more contrasting; most contrasting]

— contrastive

/kənˈtræstɪv/ Brit /kənˈtrɑːstɪv/ adjective, formal [more contrastive; most contrastive]


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contrasted; contrasting; contrasts

transitive verb

: to set off in contrast : compare or appraise in respect to differences
Contrast European and American manners.
Contrast the two major characters of the novel.
often used with to or with
contrasting the painter with her contemporaries

intransitive verb

: to form a contrast
kən-ˈtra-stə-bəl How to pronounce contrast (audio)
kən-ˈtra-stiŋ-lē How to pronounce contrast (audio)


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con·​trast ˈkän-ˌtrast How to pronounce contrast (audio)
: juxtaposition of dissimilar elements (such as color, tone, or emotion) in a work of art
: degree of difference between the lightest and darkest parts of a picture
: the difference or degree of difference between things having similar or comparable natures
the contrast between the two forms of government
: comparison of similar objects to set off their dissimilar qualities
By contrast with newer models, the computer operates slowly.
: the state of being so compared
In contrast to the other estimates, his was very high.
: a person or thing that exhibits differences when compared with another
The gentle girl is a contrast to the arrogant woman.
Choose the Right Synonym for contrast

compare, contrast, collate mean to set side by side in order to show differences and likenesses.

compare implies an aim of showing relative values or excellences by bringing out characteristic qualities whether similar or divergent.

compared the convention facilities of the two cities

contrast implies an emphasis on differences.

contrasted the computerized system with the old filing cards

collate implies minute and critical inspection in order to note points of agreement or divergence.

data from districts around the country will be collated

Example Sentences

Verb Her black dress and the white background contrast sharply. We compared and contrasted the two characters of the story. Noun I observed an interesting contrast in the teaching styles of the two women. Careful contrast of the twins shows some differences. In contrast to last year's profits, the company is not doing very well. The queen's wit and humor made the prince seem dull by contrast. They spent millions of dollars on advertising. By way of contrast, our small company spent under 5,000 dollars. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Lopez Bautista has a striking face: warm brown eyes that contrast against a chiseled jaw, intense brows (with the slits, of course), a Colgate smile that can disarm someone in seconds. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2022 But Israeli officials are careful to contrast their more vocal approach now to Mr. Netanyahu’s 2015 advocacy, which strained relations with Washington. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 4 Sep. 2022 Horace Greeley, editor of the New-York Tribune and one of America’s leading abolitionists, was quick to contrast the czar’s decisive emancipation with the inaction of the U.S. Frederic J. Frommer, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2022 Finally, garnish with something crispity-crunchity to contrast the tender zucchini. Asha Loupy, Bon Appétit, 29 Aug. 2022 Take time to understand how these factors contrast for each actor involved. Saikiran Chandha, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 The article seeks to contrast the Artemis mission against China's own lunar plans, which include developing the capability to land its own astronauts on the Moon by around 2030. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 23 Aug. 2022 Without the modulation of emotional peaks and valleys — without moments of quietude, against which to contrast all of Brian’s pointless, impotent rage — the film gradually grows tedious. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2022 Her Mary Janes are made in small batches in Argentina, with tortoiseshell buckles to contrast the heavy-duty utility of the soles. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Aug. 2022
In striking contrast to Vladimir Putin, desperately needing allies, who has yet to visit his troops on the ground. CBS News, 18 Sep. 2022 The question of whether elections can be trusted has been central to campaigns from both parties this season, though the substance of their messages has been marked by vivid contrast. Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2022 Cox, the Republican nominee, is by contrast appealing directly to parents disgruntled by government decisions impacting schools. Lillian Reed, Baltimore Sun, 16 Sep. 2022 As Earth's shadow slid across the face of the moon, the black of bare sky deepened, and the stars popped brighter, as if a photo editor were fiddling with the vista's contrast levels. Joshua Sokol, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2022 Unetched details like the bee stripes add contrast. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Sep. 2022 Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue on the lower cabinetry adds contrast in this kitchen. Allison Duncan, House Beautiful, 13 Sep. 2022 However, not every contrast collar shirt is designed for wear with peaked lapels or pleated trousers. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 12 Sep. 2022 Her comfort in the public eye stands in marked contrast to the low-key approach of another Trump legal pursuer, Attorney General Merrick Garland. Richard Fausset, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History


Verb and Noun

French contraster, from Middle French, to oppose, resist, alteration of contrester, from Vulgar Latin *contrastare, from Latin contra- + stare to stand — more at stand

First Known Use


1646, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of contrast was in 1646


ADJECTIVE | VERB + CONTRAST | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEclear, marked, sharp, stark, strong明顯的差異;鮮明的對比;強烈的對比There is a stark contrast between the lives of the rich and those of the poor.窮人和富人的生活之間有着鮮明的對比。complete, direct截然不同dramatic, startling, striking, stunning, vivid驚人的對比;鮮明的對照Her hair was black, a stunning contrast to her pale complexion.她的頭髮烏黑,與蒼白的膚色形成極大的反差。interesting, refreshing, welcome有意思的對比;使人耳目一新的差異;可喜的對比The two cities make an interesting contrast.兩座城市形成了有意思的對照。VERB + CONTRASTmake, offer, present, provide, show形成對照The fresh fruit provides a contrast to the rich chocolate pudding.新鮮的水果同甜膩的巧克力布丁形成對比。draw形成對比He draws a sharp contrast between himself and his opponents.他與對手之間形成了鮮明的對比。emphasize, highlight強調/突出差異The writer emphasizes the contrast between conventional and alternative medicine.作者強調了常規醫療與替代醫療的差異。heighten加強對比PREPOSITIONby contrast相比之下When you look at their new system, ours seems very old-fashioned by contrast.看看他們的新系統,相比之下我們的就顯得太過時了。in contrast, in contrast to, in contrast with與⋯相比The company lost $13 million this year, in contrast with a profit of $15 million last year.同去年 1,500 萬元的盈利相比,公司今年虧損了 1,300 萬元。In contrast, the south suffered very little hurricane damage.相比之下,南方因颶風遭受的損失微乎其微。contrast between⋯之間的對比The contrast between the sisters was very strong.兩姐妹之間的差別十分明顯。contrast in在⋯方面的對比The contrast in their appearance was striking.他們在相貌上有顯著的差別。contrast to與⋯的對比This busy social life was a complete contrast to his old quiet life.這種忙碌的社交生活同他過去平靜的生活截然不同。contrast with與⋯的對比The flowers provide a contrast with the dark background.這些花朵與深色的背景形成反差。PHRASESstand in... contrast to sb/sth與⋯形成⋯的對比Their attitudes to marriage stand in stark contrast to those of their parents.他們對待婚姻的態度同他們父母形成鮮明的對比。


1compare things in order to show differences對照ADVERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADVERBfavourably/favorably, unfavourably/unfavorably與⋯對比要好/要差He contrasted her brashness unfavourably / unfavorably with his mother's gentleness.他拿她的粗魯與自己母親的溫柔相比,那她就遜色多了。PREPOSITIONwith與⋯相對比PHRASEScompare and contrast比較和對照Compare and contrast the two main characters in the play.比較並對照劇中的兩個主要人物。


2be clearly different明顯不同ADVERB | PREPOSITION ADVERBdramatically, greatly, markedly, sharply, starkly, strikingly, strongly, vividly形成引人注目的/形成巨大的/形成顯著的/形成尖銳的/形成突出的/形成驚人的/形成強烈的/形成鮮明的對比beautifully, nicely, perfectly形成出色的/形成恰到好處的/形成完美的對照His cream shirt contrasted beautifully with his tan skin.米黃色的襯衫恰到好處地反襯出他曬黑的皮膚。oddly形成奇怪的對比favourably/favorably相比之下更好The open approach contrasts favourably / favorably with the exclusivity of some universities.這種開放式的做法與一些大學的封閉排外相比,具有明顯優勢。PREPOSITIONwith與⋯不同This statement contrasts starkly with his previous statements.這一陳述與他先前的陳述形成了鮮明的對比。

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