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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That led to a surge in hiring employees and improving their technology to meet demand, which has since swung 60% in the opposite direction as rates have increased. Dan Reilly, Fortune, 17 May 2022 Beta Technologies is moving in the opposite direction. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 16 May 2022 Data revealed the Lamb waves from the Hunga eruption circled the planet one direction four times and went in the opposite direction three times, the same as the Krakatoa eruption. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 That seems like overreach in the opposite direction — discretion erring on the side of undue harshness. Damon Linker, The Week, 13 May 2022 When Laterrian starts to dry heave, the other players on the sidelines tell him to throw a hail mary and run in the opposite direction. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 12 May 2022 Or go the opposite direction and paint an entire room — walls, trim, ceiling — with the same color. Lindsey M. Roberts, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Audrey Ureda died after a Chevrolet pickup truck crossed into her lane from the opposite direction just before 6 a.m. near Mile 68 of the highway, troopers said. Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2022 But a woman — and all the women in the audience — will endorse her decision to hightail it in the opposite direction. Peter Debruge, Variety, 9 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In other words, high levels of progesterone result in constipation, i.e. the exact opposite of diarrhea. Korin Miller, SELF, 18 May 2022 This is the opposite of the proactive approach that motorists should expect its regulators to take toward technical innovations that present manifest hazards to the public. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Now, however, Styles can confidently affirm the opposite. Thania Garcia, Variety, 17 May 2022 But a study published in the journal Thorax found the opposite—that people with allergic asthma may be at a lower risk of COVID than other people. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, 16 May 2022 In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, increasing dependence on Russian energy when the opposite was needed. Garry Kasparov, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Put simply, Musk must rapidly improve Twitter's operations to achieve growth revenues that's much faster than the rise in expenses, the opposite of today's trajectory. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 13 May 2022 Only the owner of the object has access—the opposite of the starting point for SaaS. Steve Riley, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The chefs were challenged with making look-alike dishes that taste the opposite. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The result was what scholars call a boomerang effect, meaning when an intervention produces an effect opposite to that intended. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 20 May 2022 Yeoh starred opposite Pierce Brosnan and went toe-to-toe with 007. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 10 May 2022 The blast gutted a historic 1886 fire watchtower and the school opposite. Tim Judah, The New York Review of Books, 28 Apr. 2022 Compared to Willis, who is more cerebral and less athletic, Cross can be considered the compete opposite. Evan Sidery, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Several states have done the exact opposite in recent years, allowing citizens to use nonbinary gender markers on state documents. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 27 Apr. 2022 Ours had a gentlemanly air, with plenty of polished wood cabinetry and stunning views over the Royal Opera House opposite—a theatrical triumph indeed. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 The sophomore setter/opposite contributed 131 kills (31.7 kill percentage), 16 blocks, 115 digs, 132 service points, 51 aces and 180 assists. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, 23 Nov. 2021 Reflections of ourselves in some ways, opposite of us in others, and crucial to our understanding of the natural world. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition My parents owned a small pharmacy in a residential part of Brixton, South London, opposite a community of housing projects. Zain Asher, Vogue, 6 May 2022 The French doors opposite the exterior door open into the formal dining room, while glass pocket doors on the left open into the kitchen. Marni Elyse Katz, House Beautiful, 5 May 2022 Just opposite the Blue Mosque is another Istanbul landmark, the Pudding Shop which acted as a meeting place and message center for backpackers from the late 1950s, including some famous ones like President Bill Clinton. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 At the end of February, it was reported that Brady would be pivoting to Hollywood as he's set to star opposite Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field in a road trip comedy called 80 for Brady. Nick Romano, EW.com, 14 Mar. 2022 However, Friday night’s 42-0 trouncing of powerhouse Westlake Village Oaks Christian was proof that the Trailblazers can line up opposite the elites in the Southern Section’s top division. Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, and Daniel Franzese also starred opposite Lohan and Caruana in Mean Girls, which celebrates its 18th anniversary this year. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 24 Apr. 2022 That film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, who, of course, played opposite Patrick in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Apr. 2022 In a perfect world, Ngakoue plays well opposite last year’s first-round pick Kwity Paye, and the Colts extend Ngakoue. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 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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