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
2 : antonym
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

antipodal, antipodean, antithetical, contradictory, contrary, diametric (or diametrical), polar

Synonyms: Noun

antipode, antithesis, contrary, counter, negative, obverse, reverse

Antonyms: Adjective

noncontradictory

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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

Other universities removed the pizza baron's name and canceled sponsorship deals, but Simmons went in the opposite direction. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "John Schnatter's $1 million gift to Simmons College raises differing opinions," 4 Sep. 2019 The California Association of Realtors goes in the opposite direction, forecasting a reduction of 11 percent. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego home building continues to plummet. Biggest drop in SoCal.," 3 Sep. 2019 This means drivers will need to get used to looking for a potential Red Line bus heading the opposite direction of normal traffic. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Red Line buses have hit two vehicles. Both were on the same tricky street.," 30 Aug. 2019 But the Carr fire also had shear winds: large air currents, blowing in opposite directions, that produced rotation at their interface. Wired, "Behold the Firenado's Twisting, Infernal Column of Flames," 28 Aug. 2019 After all, the Real Housewives of Potomac star and EveryHue Beauty founder, 48, had a run-in this summer with New York Housewife Ramona Singer — one that apparently left Singer, 62, running in the opposite direction. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "RHOP's Gizelle Bryant Recalls Hamptons Run-in with RHONY Star Ramona Singer: 'She's Insane'," 27 Aug. 2019 Wilson said Harris has shined at reading defenses and checking run plays to the opposite direction, when needed. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "Frank Harris named starting quarterback for UTSA’s season opener," 26 Aug. 2019 In the first inning, Stephen Piscotty clearly could not pick up Buster Posey’s liner to right, blinded by the sun, but the ball went into his glove — which was at waist level as Piscotty looked in the opposite direction. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Giants win when A’s bullpen collapses," 24 Aug. 2019 Yet, at the very time when the country needs diverse public education the most, America’s public schools are moving in the opposite direction. Michelle Adams, The New Republic, "The Integration Success Stories," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My wife feels just the opposite, and will not tell them. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: I get the sense her fiancé is much more attracted to men," 14 Aug. 2019 My wife feels just the opposite, and will not tell them. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Let’s think this family secret through to its possible conclusion and see if that changes minds," 14 Aug. 2019 My wife feels just the opposite, and will not tell them. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: DNA results reveal secret half-sibling," 14 Aug. 2019 My wife feels just the opposite, and will not tell them. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "DNA results reveal secret half-sibling," 12 Aug. 2019 Peter Van Sant: Now your roommate says just the opposite. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Is justice out of reach for an American teacher murdered in South Korea?," 10 Aug. 2019 If most Surf Lodge performances render the crowd animated and rowdy, Legend’s did just the opposite, infusing the ambiance with relaxation and ease with his honeyed voice. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "John Legend Serenaded the Crowd at Surf Lodge During a Celebration for His New Rosé," 18 July 2019 At times their surroundings seemed to do just the opposite. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "Pete Buttigieg’s Life in the Closet," 14 July 2019 Democrats and others may remember that balancing the federal budget in the 1990s didn’t stifle the economy; just the opposite. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Democratic candidates go big on spending," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

With senior Darian Mills having exhausted his eligibility, the cornerback job opposite senior Jalen Thompson was there for the taking. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Finally healthy, South Alabama’s Travis Reed ready to ‘give it to God’," 5 Sep. 2019 Their entourage will be trapped in their own armchairs, placed in a horseshoe pattern or marching down one long wall of the room, opposite a matching row of Chinese officials. The Economist, "Why Chinese officials like useless meetings in over-stuffed chairs," 1 Aug. 2019 The two famously starred together in 1989’s Steel Magnolias opposite an all-star cast that included Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Daryl Hannah. Nigel Smith, PEOPLE.com, "Shirley MacLaine Knew Julia Roberts Was Going to Be a 'Huge Star' Before Pretty Woman," 19 July 2019 Money Mitch not going quietly: The competition for the cornerback spot opposite Denzel Ward has been one worth watching all camp. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Browns secondary coach Joe Whitt: Everybody plays better when Jermaine Whitehead is on the field," 6 Aug. 2019 Rowe continues to compete for the second starting cornerback job opposite Howard. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins training camp Day 6: Stock up, stock down and other observations," 31 July 2019 All that had been cemented with regard to the Brewers' pitching plan heading into their opener with the A's was that right-hander Adrian Houser would start opposite right-hander Chris Bassitt. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Yasmani Grandal, Brewers confident they can help get Jordan Lyles back on track," 30 July 2019 However, the very opposite turned out to be the case. Quanta Magazine, "The Double Life of Black Holes," 29 Jan. 2019 Both former Patriots defensive backs continue to compete for the starting cornerback job opposite Xavien Howard. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins training camp Day 3: Josh Rosen’s stock rises while Ryan Fitzpatrick’s falls, and other observations," 27 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Hill is set to act opposite Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm, Sam Rockwell, Paul Walter Hauser and Kathy Bates. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Jonah Hill Is Engaged to Girlfriend Gianna Santos," 3 Sep. 2019 Fifth-year senior Jashon Cornell is listed as the other starter opposite Chase Young. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Which Ohio State football players are inactive for Saturday against Florida Atlantic?," 30 Aug. 2019 And one really has to watch the closing outtakes to fully appreciate Sellers' straight-faced performance, as well as the restraint of those playing opposite him. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Essential movies of the 1970s from 'Jaws' to 'Being There'," 25 July 2019 Double Indemnity / Ball of Fire Double feature pairs Billy Wilder’s 1944 film noir classic starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson with Howard Hawks’ 1941 screwball comedy starring Stanwyck opposite Gary Cooper. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "SoCal movie events & revivals, July 7-14: ‘Double Indemnity,’ ‘Star Wars’ and more," 7 July 2019 The 11,000-square-foot restaurant facing Cedar Springs Road will sit opposite the Del Frisco's Eagle Steakhouse on McKinney. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "New restaurants fill up Uptown Dallas' McKinney & Olive project," 21 Aug. 2019 Josh Lucas, who starred opposite Reese Witherspoon as her high school sweetheart and estranged husband in Sweet Home Alabama, is ready to make a sequel of our favorite Southern rom-com. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "There Might Be a ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ Sequel in Our Future and We’re Losing It," 1 Aug. 2019 There Wright gathered his players in two rows of chairs in a conference room and took a seat opposite them. Dan Greene, SI.com, "Villanova's Dominance Proves the Power of a Well-Built Program," 3 Apr. 2018 Taylor was married to the man who voiced Mickey Mouse opposite her, Wayne Allwine, from 1991 until his death in 2009. NBC News, "Russi Taylor, longtime voice of Minnie Mouse, dies at 75," 28 July 2019

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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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opposite

adjective

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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