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

The history of this particular feud goes back decades—with both patterns gaining notoriety thanks to iconic hotels on opposite sides of the country. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside the Biggest Feud in Interior Design," 22 Mar. 2019 Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to Italy and France, beginning Thursday, will take him to countries on opposite sides of the European Union’s divide. Marcus Walker, WSJ, "EU Grapples With Discord on How to Treat China," 19 Mar. 2019 Plains: On the opposite side of the spectrum, white mana represents civilization. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 At about the same time, its identical robotic twin, called Spirit, landed on the opposite side of the planet. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "NASA Calls It Quits for Opportunity Mars Rover After 15-Year Mission," 13 Feb. 2019 Nicolette is one of the few women in politics who took the opposite path. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 Classic Crawl: On hands and knees, progress is made with one arm and the opposite knee, then vice versa. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "When Do Babies Crawl? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 28 Jan. 2019 But over the subsequent weeks and months, Meehan slowly revealed himself to be the very opposite: A pathological liar with an ugly temper, a criminal past, and a long history of conning, manipulating, and abusing women. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Events of Dirty John," 14 Jan. 2019 This isn’t hyperbole, Gemini love: On Thursday, November 8, Jupiter (the planet of fortune and expansion) moves into Sagittarius (your opposite sign) activating your partnership zone. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But by coming forward with stories about people who allegedly acted inappropriately, women like Flores are doing the opposite of undermining a movement. Casey Quinlan, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Flores and Amy Lappos Speaking Out About Joe Biden’s Alleged Inappropriate Touching Matters," 3 Apr. 2019 The Administrative Procedure Act is intended to ensure regulatory due process, but Democrats have weaponized the law to entrench Obama Administration diktats that do the opposite. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "An Obama Zombie Returns," 1 Apr. 2019 To move backward, do the opposite, but bend your legs at the knees. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "How To Go Skydiving for the First Time," 5 Mar. 2019 By contrast, only about 1% of members were in plans that did the opposite. Christopher Weaver, WSJ, "The $9 Billion Upcharge: How Insurers Kept Extra Cash From Medicare," 4 Jan. 2019 The polls might say the opposite, but Andrew Gillum really won. Brendan Farrington, The Seattle Times, "DeSantis thanks Trump after winning Florida’s governor race," 7 Nov. 2018 That’s odd: talk radio Rauner said one thing this morning while ribbon cutting Rauner said the opposite this afternoon. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Morning Spin: Rauner says U.S. border policy splitting families is ‘heartbreaking’," 20 June 2018 While Trump and his cohort of critics of the Iran deal have argued that the agreement has given the country a strategic edge in the region, allowing it leeway to perfect its ballistic missile program, the Iranians say the opposite. Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, "In Iran, hardliners are burning the deal and the American flag," 9 May 2018 The opposite is true when the patient is overweight. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Anorexia knows no body type — and thinking otherwise can be a barrier to treatment," 20 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Tex Panthollow ShutterstockGetty Images Original: James Coburn Recasted: John Mulaney Adding another immensely talented comedian to the mix, John Mulaney like Eichner (whom he guest starred opposite on Difficult People!) oozes timeless charm. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Would Star in a Charade Reboot?," 11 Feb. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Taking a moment to pose opposite the Eiffel Tower in her Dior finery, Angelababy appeared chic and completely modern. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Angelababy Does Tie-Dye the Front Row Way at Dior," 26 Feb. 2019 Photo: Yoo Jean Han Newsletter Sign-up The apartment is located opposite the Metropolitan at 998 Fifth Avenue. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Philanthropist Couple’s Exclusive Manhattan Apartment Asks $29.5 Million," 9 Nov. 2018 Demonstrators aired their views opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Theresa May’s Tough Line Scores Points but Clouds Brexit Path," 15 Jan. 2019 Police kept them and foreign reporters on the sidewalk opposite the courthouse. Eva Dou, WSJ, "China Puts Rights Lawyer on Trial for Subversion," 26 Dec. 2018 At an event for mental health awareness, Madchen talked about season three and her role opposite her son Chic (played by Hart Denton). Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Riverdale" Season 3 So Far!," 23 July 2018 The kids have moved all the desks from the classrooms into the yard, opposite the soccer field. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 For a carefree finish, pull a few strands free on the side opposite the braid. Seventeen, "Recreate Elizabeth Olsen's Chic Side Braid," 5 June 2012 Also, on the wall of cabinets opposite the sink, Buzzetta used cabinet doors with glass fronts. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Exclusive: How Antonino Buzzetta Transformed His Own Kitchen," 9 Nov. 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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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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