Definition of versus in English:


Line breaks: ver¦sus
Pronunciation: /ˈvəːsəs
(abbreviation: v, v., or vs)


  • 1Against (especially in sporting and legal use): England versus Australia
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    • Liverpool versus Manchester United games are always big matches, for the players and the fans.
    • Red Kitching thinks that the Liverpool versus Newcastle United tie could end a managerial career.
    • The Yankee pen has been shaky all year and needed El Duque to get a big out versus Oakland.
  • 1.1As opposed to; in contrast to: weighing up the pros and cons of organic versus inorganic produce
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    • Policy considerations of crime control versus due process come into play.
    • There are numerous fixtures featuring the desperate versus the indifferent.
    • In the snooker handicap final it was another case of youth versus experience.


late Middle English: from a medieval Latin use of Latin versus 'towards'.

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