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counterpart (noun) people in the same position in different organizations, or a thing having the same function in different situations.

Two persons having the same positions and functions in different organizations are counterparts. The CEO of one organization is the counterpart of the CEO of another organization. The foreign affairs minister of one country is the counterpart of the foreign affairs minister of another country. The frock is the female counterpart of the trousers. That is, what the frock is for women is the trousers for men.

  • High-level international trade talks will soon be held between the officials of the Foreign Trade Department of the US and their Indian counterparts.
  • The handle of the bike is the counterpart of the steering wheel of the car, as their functions, namely directing the vehicles are the same.
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