Definition of counterpart in English:



  • 1A person or thing that corresponds to or has the same function as another person or thing in a different place or situation.

    ‘the minister held talks with his French counterpart’
    • ‘In this regard, the Indian shopper appears to be very similar to his Chinese counterpart.’
    • ‘Yorkston has no objection to their plans in principle, and suspects that many of his counterparts may be of a similar mind.’
    • ‘The clothes the actresses wear are noticeably different from their Western counterparts.’
    • ‘Reviewing children's theatre is a whole different ball game compared to its adult counterpart.’
    • ‘His counterpart Alex McLeish, was similarly honest, and critical of his player.’
    • ‘It seems that we have opposite tendencies to our counterparts in the social sciences.’
    • ‘The aim of the council is to mirror the actions and functions of its adult counterpart and to get the young people interested in politics.’
    • ‘Strengthening risk management and financial infrastructure also had a legal counterpart in private law.’
    • ‘The women's third eleven lost a hard fought match against their Cambridge counterparts.’
    • ‘Regional arrangements can be easier to draft than their international counterparts.’
    • ‘They felt completely at home with their counterparts in Paris and London.’
    • ‘Professional sociology differs from its lay counterpart here in a number of ways.’
    • ‘But while Edinburgh is booming, it is a different story for its transatlantic counterpart.’
    • ‘Strange's decision to adopt the opposite tactic appears to play into his counterpart's hands.’
    • ‘British pig farmers find it difficult to compete on equal terms with their European counterparts, she says.’
    • ‘We need the support of our male counterparts not their fierce opposition.’
    • ‘Among the many differences that set folk musicians apart from their pop counterparts is longevity.’
    • ‘Does he find teenage girls tend to express their rage differently than their male counterparts?’
    • ‘The people of Swindon are being challenged to get active tomorrow by their counterparts in Polish twin city Torun.’
    • ‘After five years and two degrees, my male counterparts will be earning more than me, earlier than me.’
    equivalent, opposite number, peer, equal, parallel, complement, match, twin, mate, fellow, brother, sister, analogue, correlative
    copy, duplicate
    compeer, coequal
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  • 2Law
    One of two copies of a legal document.

    • ‘The discrepancy between the lease and the counterpart was not noticed at the time.’
    • ‘First s.7 has no counterpart in the Directive and can neither be used to construe it or to judge its effect.’
    • ‘The deviation resulted because the counterparts held by me did not include Computer's signatures.’
    copy, carbon copy, carbon, photocopy, facsimile, mimeo, mimeograph, reprint
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