[ vur-suhs, -suhz ]
/ ˈvɜr səs, -səz /
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against (used especially to indicate an action brought by one party against another in a court of law, or to denote competing teams or players in a sports contest): Smith versus Jones; Army versus Navy.
as compared to or as one of two choices; in contrast with: traveling by plane versus traveling by train.Abbreviations: v., vs.



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Origin of versus

First recorded in 1400–50; Late Middle English, from Latin: literally, “towards,” i.e., “turned so as to face (something), opposite, over against,” originally past participle of vertere “to turn”; see verse
verse, versus
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British Dictionary definitions for versus

/ (ˈvɜːsəs) /


(esp in a competition or lawsuit) against; in opposition toAbbreviation: v, (esp US) vs
as opposed to; in contrast with
C15: from Latin: turned (in the direction of), opposite, from vertere to turn
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