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adjective op·po·site \ˈä-pə-zət, ˈäp-sət\

Simple Definition of opposite

  • : located at the other end, side, or corner of something : located across from something

  • : completely different

Full Definition of opposite

  1. 1 a :  set over against something that is at the other end or side of an intervening line or space <opposite interior angles> <opposite ends of a diameter> b :  situated in pairs on an axis with each member being separated from the other by half the circumference of the axis <opposite leaves> — compare alternate

  2. 2 a :  occupying an opposing and often antagonistic position <opposite sides of the question> b :  diametrically different (as in nature or character) <opposite meanings>

  3. 3 :  contrary to one another or to a thing specified :  reverse <gave them opposite directions>

  4. 4 :  being the other of a pair that are corresponding or complementary in position, function, or nature <members of the opposite sex>

  5. 5 :  of, relating to, or being the side of a baseball field that is near the first base line for a right-handed batter and near the third base line for a left-handed batter

op·po·site·ly adverb
op·po·site·ness noun

Examples of opposite

  1. The two boys lived on opposite sides of the street.

  2. the opposite bank of the river

  3. Fold the bottom right corner of the paper over to the opposite corner.

  4. The two scientists had the same information but reached opposite conclusions.

  5. They represent opposite sides of the issue.

  6. They ran in opposite directions.

  7. Her music is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the music her mother made.

Origin of opposite

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin oppositus, past participle of opponere

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of opposite

opposite, contradictory, contrary, antithetical mean being so far apart as to be or seem irreconcilable. opposite applies to things in sharp contrast or in conflict <opposite views on foreign aid>. contradictory applies to two things that completely negate each other so that if one is true or valid the other must be untrue or invalid <made contradictory predictions about whether the market would rise or fall>. contrary implies extreme divergence or diametrical opposition <contrary assessments of the war situation>. antithetical stresses clear and unequivocal diametrical opposition <a law that is antithetical to the very idea of democracy>.



noun op·po·site

Simple Definition of opposite

  • : someone or something that is completely different from someone or something else

  • : a word with a meaning that is completely different from the meaning of another word

Full Definition of opposite

  1. 1 :  something that is opposed to some other often specified thing

  2. 2 :  antonym

  3. 3 :  additive inverse; especially :  the additive inverse of a real number

Examples of opposite

  1. Wet is the opposite of dry.

  2. The terms black and white are opposites.

15th Century

First Known Use of opposite

15th century



adverb op·po·site

Simple Definition of opposite

  • : on the other side of someone or something : across from someone or something

Full Definition of opposite

  1. :  on or to an opposite side

Examples of opposite

  1. I sat down and he sat opposite.


First Known Use of opposite




preposition op·po·site

Simple Definition of opposite

  • : on the other side of (something or someone) : across from (something or someone)

  • of an actor : in a play, movie, etc., with (another actor)

Full Definition of opposite

  1. 1 :  across from and usually facing or on the same level with <sat opposite each other>

  2. 2 :  in a role complementary to <played opposite the leading man in the comedy>

Examples of opposite

  1. She lives in the house opposite ours.

  2. The school is opposite a park.

  3. I played opposite the best player in the league.

  4. She stars opposite Clint Eastwood in her latest movie.


First Known Use of opposite


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February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

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