Definition of versus in English:

versus

Syllabification: ver·sus
Pronunciation: /ˈvərsəs
 
, ˈvərsəz
 
/
(abbreviation: v. or vs.)

preposition

1Against (especially in sports and legal use): Penn versus Princeton
More example sentences
  • 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 the pros and cons of organic versus inorganic produce
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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