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verb contrast pronunciation in American English /kənˈtræst/
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past participlecontrasted
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if one thing contrasts with another, the two things are different from each other, often in a noticeable or interesting way
    contrast with:

    Her dark hair contrasted sharply with her pale silk gown.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to compare two things in order to show how they are different

    When you contrast their work records, Julie is clearly more qualified.

    contrast someone/something with someone/something:

    He contrasted his party’s record on unemployment with that of the last government.


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