opposite

adjective
op·​po·​site | \ ˈä-pə-zət How to pronounce opposite (audio) , ˈäp-sət \

Definition of opposite

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : set over against something that is at the other end or side of an intervening (see intervene sense 4) line or space opposite interior angles opposite ends of a diameter
b : situated in pairs on an axis (see axis sense 3) with each member being separated from the other by half the circumference (see circumference sense 2) of the axis opposite leaves — compare alternate
2a : occupying an opposing and often antagonistic position opposite sides of the question
b : diametrically different (as in nature or character) opposite meanings
3 : contrary to one another or to a thing specified : reverse gave them opposite directions
4 : being the other of a pair that are corresponding (see corresponding sense 1a) or complementary (see complementary sense 2) in position, function, or nature In the final position, the two exchanged rooks and left bishops of opposite color, a position that often leads to a draw …The Chicago Sun Times — see also opposite sex
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

opposite

noun

Definition of opposite (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : something that is opposed to some other often specified thing
3 : additive inverse especially : the additive inverse of a real number

opposite

adverb

Definition of opposite (Entry 3 of 4)

: on or to an opposite side

opposite

preposition

Definition of opposite (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : across from and usually facing or on the same level with sat opposite each other
2 : in a role complementary to played opposite the leading man in the comedy

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Other Words from opposite

Adjective

oppositely adverb
oppositeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for opposite

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

Examples of opposite in a Sentence

Adjective The two boys lived on opposite sides of the street. the opposite bank of the river Fold the bottom right corner of the paper over to the opposite corner. The two scientists had the same information but reached opposite conclusions. They represent opposite sides of the issue. They ran in opposite directions. Her music is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the music her mother made. Noun “Wet” is the opposite of “dry.” The terms “black” and “white” are opposites. Adverb I sat down and he sat opposite. Preposition She lives in the house opposite ours. The school is opposite a park. I played opposite the best player in the league. She stars opposite Clint Eastwood in her latest movie.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Spears got the part, opposite Brandon Micheal Hall and Lea Michele, but sadly the sitcom was canceled after just one season. Leslie Cardé, NOLA.com, "For CBS sit-com 'Neighborhood' star Spears, it's been a long journey from Katrina to TV success," 12 Nov. 2020 Lopez stars opposite Owen Wilson in the Universal film, which was previously set to hit the big screen over Valentine's Day. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson Rom-Com 'Marry Me' Moves to May 2021," 11 Nov. 2020 Momoa played the powerful Dothraki leader Khal Drogo opposite Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Jason Momoa reveals he was 'completely in debt' after 'Game of Thrones': 'We were starving'," 11 Nov. 2020 The dated Costa Verde strip mall opposite Westfield UTC will be refashioned into a modern retail center with a life science campus and business hotel meant to be a perfect fit for future riders of the Mid-Coast Trolley line. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Costa Verde strip mall near UTC cleared for total redo," 11 Nov. 2020 But in a dissenting opinion, Justice Sharon Kennedy came to a completely opposite conclusion – that the plain language required release. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: Ohio Supreme Court ruling in Dayton shooting case leaves public less informed," 11 Nov. 2020 This is why the organization embraced a contrarian philosophy and invested heavily in a running back with an injury history at a time when the NFL practically mandates an opposite approach. Star Tribune, "All that talk about Vikings not signing Dalvin Cook sounds silly now," 10 Nov. 2020 Mendes was seen opposite Noah Centineo in The Perfect Date, while Hawke will return for season 4 of Stranger Things. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke to headline Someone Great director's new 'dark comedy'," 10 Nov. 2020 Justin Coleman replaced McRae at gunner Sunday, playing opposite Mike Ford. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Jarrad Davis returns from COVID list; CB Tony McRae to injured reserve," 9 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My communication style is the exact opposite, and this too is causing a rift between us. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Reconciled couple struggles," 16 Nov. 2020 At the moment, President Trump doesn’t appear to be gaining on Mr. Biden in the 2020 presidential race, but rather doing the opposite: fading further back in the polls. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Joe Biden Leads; He Still Faces Four Big Tasks," 29 June 2020 In other words, the exact opposite of everything that makes up the year 2020. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "Garth Brooks on his Charley Pride duet, ‘Shallow’ cover and the truth behind that Trump rumor," 19 Nov. 2020 But families’ debt loads soon increased as well, according to federal data, raising the question of whether loans that were ostensibly created to help parents are actually doing the opposite. NBC News, "Parent Plus loans are burying families in college debt," 17 Nov. 2020 California has a long history of doing just the opposite. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Racial inequity in California is real. But is Prop. 16 the answer?," 28 Oct. 2020 Right-wing comedians have made an entire style out of doing the opposite. Dan Brooks, New York Times, "How President Trump Ruined Political Comedy," 7 Oct. 2020 Photo of small Biden campaign event shows Trump is the more popular candidate While President Donald Trump faces national backlash for downplaying the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, his rival receives criticism for doing the opposite. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Biden campaign events portrayed as small lack context of COVID-19 guidelines," 22 Sep. 2020 While some billionaires are selling stock, others are doing the opposite. Benjamin Stupples, Bloomberg.com, "Super-Rich Step Up Large Stock Sales After Global Prices Surge," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Cal alum and booster Greg Overholtzer was sitting in the endzone section opposite of that game-winning play. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Cal and Stanford’s rivalry in a pandemic feels like anything but a Big Game week," 26 Nov. 2020 Quaid may be an award-winning actor known first for playing opposite of Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail, and then for his role as Cousin Eddie in the National Lampoon’s Vacation series, but he's spent the last decade facing several legal problems. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Trump’s Retweets Of Randy Quaid Prove That Everything’s Just Great In The White House," 24 Nov. 2020 The vehicle then went off the road and collided with a traffic signal box, police said, opposite from Plum Crazy Diner along 140. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Van comes to rest atop signal box, holding up telephone pole after collision in Westminster," 18 Nov. 2020 Germanotta's views run opposite to his famous daughter, who campaigned for the Democratic challenger at a drive-in rally in Pennsylvania on Monday and has proudly showed-off her Biden-Harris badge. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Lady Gaga's Dad Sides With Trump Despite His Criticism of Pop Star," 4 Nov. 2020 This play could also be designed to run opposite with a slant by Emmanuel Sanders. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, "What's up with Taysom Hill at QB? Separating hot takes from reality after Saints' slow start," 9 Oct. 2020 During fall camp, U-M pointedly mentioned how open the competition was to replace Ambry Thomas, starting opposite of Vincent Gray against Minnesota's high-powered offense. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football stock watch: Gemon Green plays well in first start at CB," 26 Oct. 2020 Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders goes in jet motion to the left, Alvin Kamara runs a play-action fake behind him and eight Chargers defenders flow to the fake side as Hill rolls out opposite. Jeff Nowak | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Inside Taysom Hill's huge moment: A 'different element' helps lift Saints to comeback win," 14 Oct. 2020 Wade played well last season opposite first-round picks Damon Arnette and Jeff Okudah. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Could the Browns go for another Ohio State cornerback in the first round? 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Make certain the two notched pieces are opposite each other. Christopher Michel, Country Living, "How to Make Beautiful Gingerbread House Cottages," 8 Sep. 2020 Brooks will star opposite John Cena's Peacemaker as Leota Adebayo, EW has learned. Nick Romano, EW.com, "The Suicide Squad spin-off series Peacemaker adds Orange Is the New Black's Danielle Brooks," 11 Nov. 2020 Aaron Rodgers was surgical opposite him, completing 25 of 31 passes for 305 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions in a reminder of what a franchise quarterback looks like. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "49ers QB Nick Mullens puts in forgettable performance," 5 Nov. 2020 Tiawan Mullen, just a sophomore, emerged as one of the league’s top cover corners last season, and Jaylin Williams returns opposite him after emerging as a starter in the second half of 2019 Reese Taylor also made some big plays late in the season. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten secondary rankings: How do Michigan football, MSU defensive backs measure up?," 21 Oct. 2020 Arjona, known for Netflix's 6 Underground and who has an upcoming role in Jared Leto's comic book movie Morbius, will star opposite Rogue One's Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Disney+'s 'Rogue One' Prequel Casts Adria Arjona," 10 Aug. 2020 Gathered near the base of the monument, and opposite the county courthouse, demonstrators paused to honor Floyd. Anchorage Daily News, "Peaceful march for voting rights in North Carolina is met with police pepper spray and arrests," 2 Nov. 2020 Since Byron Jones returned three games ago to be paired opposite Xavien Howard, the Dolphins defense has given up 13 points to San Francisco, zero to the Jets and ... against the Rams. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde10: Ten thoughts on Tua’s debut, Dolphins' win over Rams," 1 Nov. 2020 In the body camera video, which was released in August, Steyn is seen standing near the front of a crowd of protesters, directly opposite a skirmish line of officers, as officers scream for the protesters to leave the area. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "Protester charged with assaulting LAPD officer moments before he was wounded by projectile," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of opposite

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1667, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

1758, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for opposite

Adjective

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin oppositus, from past participle of oppōnere "to place (over or against), place as an obstacle, set in opposition to, argue in reply" — more at oppose

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin oppositus, noun derivative from past participle of oppōnere "to place (over or against), place as an obstacle, set in opposition to, argue in reply" — more at oppose

Adverb

derivative of opposite entry 1

Preposition

derivative of opposite entry 1

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The first known use of opposite was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Opposite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opposite. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for opposite

opposite

adjective
How to pronounce opposite (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of opposite

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

opposite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of opposite (Entry 2 of 4)

: 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

opposite

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of opposite (Entry 3 of 4)

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

opposite

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of opposite (Entry 4 of 4)

: on the other side of (something or someone) : across from (something or someone)
of an actor : in a play, movie, etc., with (another actor)

opposite

adjective
op·​po·​site | \ ˈä-pə-zət How to pronounce opposite (audio) \

Kids Definition of opposite

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : being at the other end, side, or corner We live on opposite sides of the street.
2 : being as different as possible They ran in opposite directions.
3 : being in a position to contrast with or cancel out Consider the opposite side of the question.

opposite

noun

Kids Definition of opposite (Entry 2 of 4)

: either of two persons or things that are as different as possible “Martin is some sort of angel; I'm the opposite.”— Brian Jacques, Redwall

opposite

adverb

Kids Definition of opposite (Entry 3 of 4)

: on the other side of someone or something : across from He lives in the house opposite to mine.

opposite

preposition

Kids Definition of opposite (Entry 4 of 4)

: across from (someone or something) The park is opposite our house.

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