opposite

adjective
op·po·site | \ ˈä-pə-zət , 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

Turn around with the opposite side of your body facing the anchor point and repeat for another set. Jason Wanlass, idahostatesman, "Embrace the benefits of resistance tubing for a well-rounded workout," 22 June 2018 Being successful in politics requires exactly the opposite approach. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Physicist hopes the evidence is clear in bid for New York congressional seat," 20 June 2018 The Beoplay Earset headphones take the opposite approach, using stiff, inflexible metal ear hooks covered in a thin rubber material. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "B&O Play Beoplay Earset review: discomfort by design," 1 June 2018 But equally unsurprisingly, the Trump administration is taking the opposite approach. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump tells 57,000 Hondurans who’ve lived in the US for 20 years to get out," 4 May 2018 In response to the controversy, some local governments have taken the opposite approach. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Some California communities say no to 'sanctuary state'," 17 Apr. 2018 Suffolk County police say Demetrius, of Nesconset, was driving east in Amityville around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when his car went into the opposite lanes and hit a westbound car. CBS News, "3 people, including father and son, killed in Long Island car crash, police say," 8 July 2018 The Jeep was there, suddenly, in the opposite lane, flying faster than any traffic Cheryl Cunningham had ever seen. Joe Robertson, Katie Bernard, Glenn E. Rice And Ian Cummings, kansascity, "'Somebody's going to die,' crash witness knew; Independence defends police chases," 4 June 2018 Police observed Nunez making a turn while almost hitting cars in the opposite lane near the intersection of Lake Cook and Waukegan roads. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: Wanted man found with drugs in Deerfield," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But statewide trends are the opposite of the county. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "How one woman wants to help foster care youth, and it involves cake," 12 July 2018 That philosophy is the opposite of what Stankey proposed in the June town hall. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 The effect of the Instagram announcement produced quite the opposite. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kavasutra Kava Bar serves its libations with a side of sexism and transphobia that has social media enraged," 10 July 2018 But Jeff believes the accident did quite the opposite for his. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "New chance at love for woman who woke up from coma to find she has second husband," 29 June 2018 Colombia have been quite the opposite, enduring a woeful opening tie with Japan with Carlos Sanchez being sent off in the 3rd minute and Japan scoring from the resulting penalty. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Senegal vs Colombia - Recent Form, Previous Encounter, Predictions & More," 27 June 2018 Concern over language barriers have haunted K-pop's possible U.S. transition, but the NCT boys proved quite the opposite and caught to even some of the more subtle jokes thrown by Kenney. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "NCT 127 Creates 'TRL'-Like Pandemonium at BUILD Series Visit," 22 June 2018 Caine said the introduction of the program wouldn’t mean an immediate decline in diagnosis rates for hepatitis C and HIV – quite the opposite. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Marion County needle exchange program a step closer to reality," 13 June 2018 But Salvini hasn’t always been on the far-right, quite the opposite in fact. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Texas skills gap is stressing the South's economy, report finds," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Kendrick, who plays Stephanie, stars opposite Blake Lively, who plays Emily. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "What The Hell Is This Blake Lively & Anna Kendrick Movie Even About?," 19 June 2018 This summer, Stanfield plays lead in Boots Riley’s brilliant Sorry To Bother You, opposite the equally enthralling Tessa Thompson. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "What’s in your bag, Lakeith Stanfield?," 29 June 2018 Roby, a former first-round pick entering his contract year, likely will be the new starter opposite Harris, with a push from Tremaine Brock. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Broncos training camp questions: Is Case Keenum long-term answer at QB?," 28 June 2018 The ringed planet will be in opposition (opposite the sun), rising high in the sky in the east shortly after sunset. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Strawberry Moon and Saturn to put on dazzling display this week," 27 June 2018 The interview was opposite the up-and-coming pop hitmaker King Princess. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Amandla Stenberg Is The Gay Teen Icon 2018 Needs," 17 June 2018 Division 1 South King Philip 4, Somerset Berkley 1 — Elise Pereira threw a complete game while Hailey MacDonald had two hits and one run scored as the Warriors (20-3) moved on to the D1 South semifinals opposite Braintree. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Norton softball reaches D2 South semifinals after dramatic walkoff win," 12 June 2018 But Rivera and Washington will want to head to camp with a good idea of who will start opposite third-year cornerback James Bradberry. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "5 accomplishments that would signal success in this week's Carolina Panthers minicamp," 11 June 2018 Gerry has pretty much been a staple at the strong-side linebacker spot opposite Kamu Grugier-Hill at weak-side. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: Jalen Mills locks down; Nelson Agholor explodes; Dallas Goedert catches on," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

The 180,000-square-foot structure opposite the San Marcos Landfill was built in 1993 as a processing site for separating recyclables, but curbside recycling eliminated that need. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Could San Marcos become a center of film production for San Diego?," 30 June 2018 Dismount for: Harbor Island, just opposite the airport. David Swanson, latimes.com, "A freewheeling guide to two-wheeling in San Diego, a city made for cycling," 24 June 2018 For her part opposite Hallmark star Niall Matter, Becca plays a dance instructor who offers to help a clumsy groom prepare for his first dance at his upcoming nuptials. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Becca Tobin, Star of Hallmark Movie 'Love at First Dance'," 15 June 2018 In it, male sports fans sat, one at a time, opposite a female sports reporter who had been the target of abusive, misogynist tweets. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "The Good and Bad of Empathy," 30 Dec. 2017 The building, which occupies a prominent corner on LeJeune Road opposite City Hall, is the last surviving commercial structure from the original business district created by revered city father George Merrick. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Famed for protecting historic buildings, this city wants to bulldoze one. For parking.," 29 June 2018 Instead, turbulence forms along the side of the ball moving against the flow of air, which wraps around the ball and deflects in a direction opposite the ball's spin. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Physics of the One Goal You Won't See at the World Cup," 15 June 2018 Cut the tip of the corner that is diagonally opposite the corner with the strings attached. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Parachutes with Holes," 14 June 2018 Decked out in furs, jewels and flawless blonde curls, Sugarland songstress Jennifer Nettles stars in the video as a wealthy 1960s housewife caught in a torrid love triangle opposite Brandon Routh and Taylor Swift. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Sugarland & Taylor Swift's Glamorous 'Babe' Video Depicts a Retro Love Triangle," 9 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for opposite

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 \

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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