Definition of versus in English:


(also v., vs.)


  • 1Against (especially in sports and legal use)

    ‘Penn versus Princeton’
    • ‘It was another striker versus goalkeeper confrontation which ought to have gone to the man in possession.’
    • ‘Kingussie now meet the winners of the Lochcarron versus Skye tie which was one of the day's casualties.’
    • ‘St Joseph's will now meet the winners of the Ballyvarley versus First Dromara match.’
    • ‘Last weekend it had the game of the season so far - Manchester United versus Chelsea at Old Trafford.’
    • ‘It is like India versus Australia in cricket or whatever, the one we want to get excited about.’
    • ‘The North Bank versus South Bank contest became the highlight of the local sporting calendar.’
    • ‘The National team is currently embroiled in an exhibition tour in B.C. versus Japan.’
    • ‘No single sporting event carries quite the emotional freight of England versus Germany at football.’
    • ‘We leafleted the Oldham versus Bury local derby football game and got a great response.’
    • ‘The pairings were Embassy against Wilson Panthers and Cinzano versus Granwood.’
    • ‘The Yankee pen has been shaky all year and needed El Duque to get a big out versus Oakland.’
    • ‘Liverpool versus Manchester United games are always big matches, for the players and the fans.’
    • ‘Nairn County versus Rothes was postponed because of a waterlogged park.’
    • ‘Red Kitching thinks that the Liverpool versus Newcastle United tie could end a managerial career.’
    • ‘During Euro 2000, I went to watch Spain versus Slovenia with Bobby and a friend of his.’
    1. 1.1As opposed to; in contrast to.
      ‘weighing the pros and cons of organic versus inorganic produce’
      • ‘This was a contest of youthful enthusiasm and fitness of the visitors versus the experience and guile of the home side.’
      • ‘It'd be interesting to do a clinical analysis of intention versus outcome.’
      • ‘There has to be a balance between the performance of the game versus the quality of the graphics.’
      • ‘There are numerous fixtures featuring the desperate versus the indifferent.’
      • ‘His use of opaque versus open areas and his deft use of patterning versus flat color is especially noteworthy.’
      • ‘More detailed studies are needed on the costs of rural versus urban car usage.’
      • ‘In the snooker handicap final it was another case of youth versus experience.’
      • ‘Policy considerations of crime control versus due process come into play.’
      • ‘As always happens in such situations, the end result is likely to be a bitter club versus country war of words.’
      • ‘Weighing infringing uses of technology versus non-infringing uses is a tricky matter to be sure.’
      • ‘The matter of UK versus US English continues to provoke erudite and informed opinion.’
      • ‘Isn't there a conflict between minority and collective rights versus individual rights?’
      • ‘The study may help show when disclosure can be helpful versus harmful.’
      • ‘The good versus evil theme gets a bit of a work out, as people try to demonize Leland.’
      • ‘Your friend can play the opposite role of passive versus aggressive and so on.’
      • ‘As for Dell, meanwhile, Livermore played the innovation versus commodity card.’
      • ‘Firstly there is almost no research directly addressing the issues of early versus late separation.’
      • ‘The topic also questioned the differences between brands, and indoor wheels versus outdoor wheels.’
      • ‘The trope of opening night is related to a thematic motif: disaster versus success.’
      • ‘This lays the basis for endless debates about the risks of heroin versus ecstasy, or cannabis versus steroids.’
      opposed to, in opposition to, hostile to, averse to, antagonistic towards, inimical to, unsympathetic to, resistant to, at odds with, in disagreement with, contra
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Late Middle English: from a medieval Latin use of Latin versus toward.