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

The god of war has long been an adversary for Diana and the Amazonians and his switch to the opposite side—which may or may not be temporary—offers up a host of problems. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "A New Wonder Woman Wonders Whether War Is Ever Worth It," 26 Nov. 2018 Despite attending school on opposite sides of the country, the two students hope to meet again someday. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Childhood "Best Friends" Reunite on Social Media After a Viral Tweet," 25 Nov. 2018 Photo: Bobby Bank/WireImage/Getty Images The two cousins are now on opposite sides of a battle over the future of the company, where long-simmering family tensions have reached a boil. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "A Family Feud Threatens Campbell’s Dynasty," 23 Nov. 2018 On the opposite side of the airport, JetBlue is poised to vastly expand its footprint and will demolish Terminal 7 and build a $3 billion, 12-gate international terminal to connect to airline’s existing Terminal 5. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York's Airports Are Getting Billion-Dollar Makeovers—But What Will They Actually Change?," 21 Nov. 2018 One channel can be seen on the opposite side of the crater, with nothing on the crater floor itself. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Huge, previously unknown impact crater found beneath Greenland’s ice," 18 Nov. 2018 Turkey and Saudi Arabia are regional rivals on opposite sides of an ideological feud over Brotherhood-style political Islam. David D. Kirkpatrick, The Seattle Times, "Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance: What we know and don’t know," 15 Oct. 2018 However, the opposite side of the kitchen was redone in the 1970s in a haphazard attempt to match the original 1930s side. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018 At the opposite end of the spectrum, downtown Bellingham’s 98227 had the worst luck, at just 8 percent. Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "These are the luckiest — and unluckiest — places to play the Washington lottery, data show," 31 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But, paradoxically, the opposite is also true: Elections are simple. Julia Azari, Vox, "Narratives are simple. Elections are complicated.," 8 Nov. 2018 That’s stressful, which is the opposite of luxurious. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "Liz Weston: How to score luxury travel for less," 29 Oct. 2018 What’s more, the gap is widening: The number of people living in extreme poverty in India is falling while the opposite is true in Nigeria, where the population is growing faster than its economy. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "India is no longer home to the largest number of poor people in the world. Nigeria is.," 10 July 2018 The opposite is true when the relative humidity decreases because the rate of perspiration increases. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Not a dry heat: Heat index in 100s," 18 June 2018 His pictures don’t do him justice, which is great because usually the opposite is true. The Cut, "The Sober Gym Manager in an Unconventional Relationship," 17 June 2018 In warmer regions, the opposite is likely—studies based in the tropics and subtropics generally found that several degrees of warming would result in significant yield declines. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Rising Temperatures Could Cut Corn Production," 12 June 2018 Kye Heaton, Higley The 5-10 senior setter/opposite was the force behind Higley's 5A state championship season with 419 assists, 152 kills, 135 digs in 55 sets. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Arizona High School Boys Volleyball Player of the Year nominees," 17 May 2018 Michael Beschloss The biggest one is that presidents take the nation to war in a way that’s exactly the opposite of what the founders wanted. Alex Ward, Vox, "This historian spent 10 years researching wartime presidents. Trump scares him the most.," 5 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Casting talented, boyish Joseph Gordon in the key male role opposite stellar and statuesque Sara Mearns resulted in a peculiar match. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "Personnel Changes and Premieres," 9 Oct. 2018 Green lives opposite from red on the color wheel, so the former cancels out the latter. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Erborian's CC Cream Cancels Out Redness Like Magic," 16 Oct. 2018 The biggest competition is for the cornerback spot opposite Lewis, and that role will likely not be filled until the fall as Thakarius Keyes, Jaylon Monroe and redshirt freshman Willie Langham battle for it. Joseph Halm, NOLA.com, "Tulane defense ready to show growth in spring game Friday," 12 Apr. 2018 Kidder, known for her role as Lois Lane in Superman I-IV, also starred opposite leading men including Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper and Richard Pryor in Some Kind of Hero. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Superman' Star Margot Kidder Dies at 69," 14 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Growing up directly opposite each other, they were baptized in the village church and married a few miles down the road before emigrating to the United States. Katrin Bennhold, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s ancestral village abounds with his relatives. Few will admit it," 3 July 2018 Japanese honeysuckle is easily recognized by its leaves, which grow in pairs, opposite one another, along the length of a hollow stalk. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "What’s that wonderful smell? It’s honeysuckle season!," 4 June 2018 Both players are working opposite White in hopes to earn a starting role with Patrick Queen and Micah Baskerville working behind White. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "7 things we learned from LSU's first 6 spring practices," 28 Mar. 2018 She's set to star in the upcoming Amazon Prime video series Carnival Row, opposite Orlando Bloom next year. April Long, Glamour, "Listen to Cara Delevingne Sing About London for Her New Burberry Fragrance Ad," 4 Oct. 2018 Now, there's a starting job open opposite Jordan Fuller, who has the field spot locked up. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Former Ohio State guard Katie Smith makes the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018," 31 Mar. 2018 Put the pork on the grill on the side opposite the fire. Marian Bull, GQ, "—Peter Meehan, Author Of An Upcoming Barbecue Book And Former Editor Of," 27 June 2018 The others are senior opposite Kevin Kobrine (UCLA), senior middle blocker Tyler Flood (New York University) and senior middle blocker Brandon Hicks (UC Santa Barbara). Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "High School Boys’ Volleyball Preview: Newport Harbor is the team to beat," 22 Mar. 2018 Yes, the left tackle protects the QB’s blind side, but the right tackle protects the QB’s throwing shoulder, and many of the best pass rushers play opposite the right tackle. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Brady and Gronk Stay Home; What Does That Mean for The Patriot Way?," 20 Apr. 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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