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contrast (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

To highlight or emphasize upon comparison the differences between two different people or things. Now contrast Joe's unenthusiastic reaction to Sally's unbridled glee over the news. It's only when you contrast our new project manager to the last one that you realize how inefficient the latter had been.
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contrast (someone or something) with (someone or something)

1. To highlight the differences between two people or things. A noun or pronoun can be used between "contrast" and "with." Now contrast Joe's unenthusiastic reaction with Sally's unbridled glee over the news.
2. To be obviously or clearly different from someone or something else. I think the paint color of the trim contrasts with the walls nicely.
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contrast to (something)

1. To differ very clearly upon comparison with another person or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "contrast" and "to." The attitudes and outlooks on the West Coast contrast sharply to those on the East Coast. He contrasts greatly to his older brother, who has always been something of an overachiever.
2. To highlight or emphasize upon comparison the differences between two different people or things. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "contrast" and "to." Now contrast Joe's unenthusiastic reaction to Sally's unbridled glee over the news. It's only when you contrast our new project manager to the last one that you realize how inefficient the latter had been.
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contrast (someone or something) with (someone or something else)

 and contrast (someone or something) to (someone or something else)
to examine people or things in a way that will show their differences. Contrast Sally with Sam, for instance, to see real differences. Contrast the busy geometry of a Gothic cathedral to the simple lines of an old Saxon castle.
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contrast with someone or something

 
1. to be different from someone or something. Bill's cheery attitude really contrasts with the gloom of his twin brother, Bob. This stiped tie really contrasts with that polka-dot shirt.
2. [for a color or pattern, etc.] to show a marked difference with or complement another. The black one contrasts nicely with the white one.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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