Definitions for versusˈvɜr səs, -səz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ver•susˈvɜr səs, -səz(prep.)

  1. against (used esp. to join names of parties in a legal case or competing teams or players in a sports contest):

    Smith versus Jones; Army versus Navy.

    Category: Function Word

  2. as compared to; in contrast with: traveling by plane versus traveling by train.

    Category: Function Word

    Ref: Abbr.: v. 6 , vs. 1

Origin of versus:

1400–50; late ME < L: towards, i.e., turned so as to face (something), orig. ptp. of vertere to turn; see verse

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. versus(preposition)ˈvɜr səs, -səz

    against, used to indicate opposing players or teams in a sport

    Spain versus Brazil in the final

  2. versusˈvɜr səs, -səz

    against, used to talk about two opposing ideas, people in a debate, etc.

    herbal versus traditional medicine


  1. versus(Conjunction)


  2. versus(Preposition)

    against, in opposition to.

    It is the Packers versus the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

  3. versus(Preposition)

    compared with, as opposed to.

  4. versus(Preposition)

    Bringing a legal action against, as used in the title of a court case in which the first party indicates the plaintiff (or appellant or the like), and the second indicates the defendant (or respondent or the like).

    Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans.

  5. Origin: From versus, past participle of verto.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Versus

    against; as, John Doe versus Richard Roe; -- chiefly used in legal language, and abbreviated to v. or vs

Translations for versus

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often abbreviated to v or vs when written) against

the England v Wales rugby match.

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