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preposition versus pronunciation in British English /ˈvɜː(r)səs/
  1. 1
    used for stating that two things are being compared in order to show that they are different or that one is better than the other
    the grades of male versus female students at the university
    The US dollar fell versus other key currencies on Friday.
    We feel we have some advantages versus the competition.
  2. 2
    used for showing that two people, groups, or teams are competing against each other in a sports event or a court case
    the South Africa versus New Zealand Davis Cup match
    We are waiting for a court decision on Smith versus Watts.

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