opposite

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

Essential Meaning of opposite

1 : located at the other end, side, or corner of something : located across from something The two boys lived on opposite sides of the street. the opposite bank of the river See More ExamplesFold the bottom right corner of the paper over to the opposite corner. She switched her ring to the opposite hand. [=she took her ring off the finger of one hand and put it on a finger of the other hand] The text refers to an illustration on the opposite page. [=on the page that faces it]Hide
2 : completely different The two scientists had the same information but reached opposite conclusions. They represent opposite sides of the issue. See More ExamplesThey ran in opposite directions. Some herbs help you sleep while others have the opposite effect. [=other herbs keep you awake] Her music is at the opposite end of the spectrum/continuum from the music her mother made. Once serving only small portions at high prices, the restaurant has gone to the opposite extreme under the new owners. [=the restaurant now serves large amounts of food for low prices]Hide

Full 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

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 Trees help add moisture to the atmosphere, while deforestation has the opposite effect. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 5 Jan. 2022 But a client portal that is decentralized — and therefore lacking security — can create the opposite effect. Stanley H. Huang, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 As discussed, this could end up having the opposite effect. Mark Wiseman, Fortune, 10 Dec. 2021 The paper also reviews animal studies that show the opposite effect. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 Although recent versions of the state Assembly maps would divide El Cajon, the changes for congressional boundaries could have the opposite effect. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Dec. 2021 Ironically, however, a coordinated group reaction targeting one person’s bad behavior could have the opposite effect. Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2021 Laud said the Japanese had hoped to destroy the American spirit by bombing Pearl Harbor, but the attack had the opposite effect. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 7 Dec. 2021 The Intermountain West and High Plains regions will see the opposite effect. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 21 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But blanket policies like Mr. Bragg’s are the opposite of smart. Charles Fain Lehman, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 Working with Saweetie on the shoot was the opposite of a challenge, Cher tells PEOPLE. Alex Apatoff, PEOPLE.com, 4 Jan. 2022 Outing was the opposite of pride, but at least the closet doors began to budge. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 But, because of this storm’s southern track, the resulting snowfall pattern was the opposite of what the region is accustomed to. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 But this could be the opposite of the truth, Mehrotra, Arora and Krishnamurthy write. Fortune, 30 Dec. 2021 The environment was the opposite of where DMX had come from, far from the tall project buildings that kept one side of the street shaded. Ben Dandridge-lemco, Rolling Stone, 28 Dec. 2021 In many ways, Ms. Boatright and CNI are the opposite of Mr. Pullman. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Dec. 2021 That is the opposite of where previous positives had come from right after Thanksgiving. Barry Wilner, ajc, 17 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The actor currently stars opposite Lily Collins as her dreamy downstairs neighbor, chef Gabriel, in Emily in Paris. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 29 Dec. 2021 When Blanco missed the conference final against Real Salt Lake, Santiago Moreno started opposite Yimmi Chará and scored a goal. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 11 Dec. 2021 Bright Chargers rookie coach Brandon Staley had a decent showing Sunday, opposite a coach who could teach any positional unit. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2021 Buehler will work opposite 37-year-old Charlie Morton, a familiar foe for the Dodgers in October. Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2021 Can't Jump, gleefully going bad opposite Sylvester Stallone in Demolition Man, and transforming into radiant drag queen Noxeema Jackson in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Dickinson shared a table with guard Eli Brooks for a 30-minute media session opposite Howard, who held court on the other side of the room. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 7 Oct. 2021 However, LeVert is a guy who could thrive playing opposite of Chris Paul, can be a go-to player with the second unit and give the Suns another strong wing defender. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 17 Dec. 2021 Hoult stars opposite of Fanning in Hulu's The Great — the second season, of which, just started streaming last month. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 8 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition This cross-section of the Embarcadero, directly opposite the county’s Waterfront Park, calls for a new, 30,000 square-foot pier that doubles as a public plaza south of Grape Street and north of Ash Street. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2021 The longtime friends famously starred opposite each other in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, later sharing the screen again for 2008's Revolutionary Road. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 23 Dec. 2021 Dean Stockwell, a former child actor who starred opposite the likes of Gene Kelly, Gregory Peck, and Frank Sinatra before enjoying a decades-long career in film and television, has died at the age of 85. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 9 Nov. 2021 Ariana Grande is playing opposite the British star as Galinda. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 5 Nov. 2021 This edition of the Fall Classic is a family affair with Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker in the dugout opposite his son, Houston Astros co-hitting coach Troy Snitker. Kristie Rieken, Chron, 26 Oct. 2021 This edition of the Fall Classic is a family affair with Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker in the dugout opposite his son, Houston Astros co-hitting coach Troy Snitker. Kristie Rieken, ajc, 26 Oct. 2021 Alana, who’s said to be the spitting image of Mom, delivers an award-winning performance opposite Hoffman in her acting debut. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 Drawn to its rugged beauty, Karen kept the original stone fireplace, located opposite the front door. Luann Brandsen, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Dec. 2021

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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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8 Jan 2022

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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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