Definition of counterpart in US English:



  • 1A person or thing holding a position or performing a function that corresponds to that of another person or thing in another place.

    ‘the minister held talks with his French counterpart’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Does he find teenage girls tend to express their rage differently than their male counterparts?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The people of Swindon are being challenged to get active tomorrow by their counterparts in Polish twin city Torun.’
    • ‘In this regard, the Indian shopper appears to be very similar to his Chinese counterpart.’
    • ‘Reviewing children's theatre is a whole different ball game compared to its adult counterpart.’
    • ‘The women's third eleven lost a hard fought match against their Cambridge counterparts.’
    • ‘The clothes the actresses wear are noticeably different from their Western counterparts.’
    • ‘Yorkston has no objection to their plans in principle, and suspects that many of his counterparts may be of a similar mind.’
    • ‘British pig farmers find it difficult to compete on equal terms with their European counterparts, she says.’
    • ‘Strengthening risk management and financial infrastructure also had a legal counterpart in private law.’
    • ‘It seems that we have opposite tendencies to our counterparts in the social sciences.’
    • ‘Strange's decision to adopt the opposite tactic appears to play into his counterpart's hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After five years and two degrees, my male counterparts will be earning more than me, earlier than me.’
    • ‘His counterpart Alex McLeish, was similarly honest, and critical of his player.’
    • ‘They felt completely at home with their counterparts in Paris and London.’
    • ‘Regional arrangements can be easier to draft than their international counterparts.’
    equivalent, opposite number, peer, equal, parallel, complement, match, twin, mate, fellow, brother, sister, analogue, correlative
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  • 2Law
    One of two or more copies of a legal document.

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