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

Human rights groups, who often stand on opposite sides with Ms. Haley on issues like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and migrant rights, welcomed the resolution. New York Times, "U.N. Imposes Arms Embargo on South Sudan as Atrocities Go Unabated," 13 July 2018 In the battle, the Union and Confederate soldiers approach each other from opposite sides of the field. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Civil War Days event in Lake County shows many sides of the 1860s experience," 20 June 2018 Prior to his latest theatrics, Baez hit an opposite-field double to right, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-run single by Ian Happ in the second. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Javier Baez's rock star performance moves Cubs into first place," 14 July 2018 The driver, 72, who lives in the area, was headed south on Yorktown Road near Suwanne Place and was passing an ice cream truck that was stopped on the opposite side of the road when the child ran into the road, authorities said. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Family member assaults driver after girl is struck in road, Md. police say," 12 July 2018 In his first at-bat against West starting pitcher Beau Burrows, Tebow hit an opposite-field double. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Tim Tebow doubles in first Eastern League All-Star Game at-bat," 11 July 2018 Then, Boyd offered a meatball that Wilson Ramos hit for a home run to the opposite field. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers implode in 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay Rays: Three takeaways," 10 July 2018 Betances struck out Mark Trumbo, but Schoop hit an opposite-field single that skipped over Bird’s glove as first base and scored Joseph for the winning run. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles beat Yankees, 6-5, on Schoop's walk-off single in ninth after Machado's multi-homer night," 10 July 2018 Goldschmidt’s opposite-field homer was his 19th of the season. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt adjusts, launches go-ahead HR," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Texas 46 clearly believes that opposites attract, offering sides that set off barbecue’s innate fattiness with crunchy slaw and bright green beans. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Love or something like it at Texas 46 BBQ," 31 May 2018 While sand of all sorts is usually made by material breaking down into smaller pieces, in water with high concentrations of calcium carbonate or certain other minerals, the opposite can happen. Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Sand," 18 May 2018 The opposite occurs when Texas summers turn droughty and hot. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Texas summer a key factor in wildlife cycle," 17 May 2018 In stark contrast to the Republicans, who appear to be cannibalizing each other in their nominating contest for governor, Democrats appear to be doing just the opposite for Ned Lamont. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Ned Lamont Teams Up With Susan Bysiewicz In Governor's Race," 15 May 2018 Nineyears earlier, during jury selection, Charlesworth said just the opposite. Susan Mallie, CBS News, "Colorado man convicted of wife's murder gets a second shot at freedom," 12 May 2018 Markle, who will become a British citizen, is highly visible proof of the exact opposite. Tariro Mzezewa, Vanities, "Diana Was the People’s Princess. What Might Meghan Markle Be?," 11 May 2018 What usually happens The exact opposite of dryness tends to happen, Akhavan says. Devon Abelman, Allure, "My Lips Felt Incredibly Dry After Getting Lip Injections — Here's Why," 10 May 2018 But despite the opportunity to catapult their careers with the quick release of a subsequent album and barrage of touring, the Canadian folk trio did just the opposite. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "Wailin’ Jennys bring their trademark lush harmonies to 4 Alaska cities this week," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

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 That's the big question as Sony's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation opens everywhere Friday opposite Johnson's disaster-action pic, from Legendary and Universal. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box-Office Preview: 'Hotel Transylvania 3' Could Topple Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper'," 12 July 2018 Nickerson, 61, is best known for playing the gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde opposite Gene Wilder in the 1971 classic. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Willy Wonka Star Denise Nickerson Suffers Serious Stroke Leaving Her in the ICU," 11 July 2018 Keating left a note for the area park ranger and, after watching the bear run off in a direction opposite the trail, climbed Flattop as planned. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Bear killed after it smashes SUV window and climbs inside at Anchorage trailhead," 6 July 2018 Growing up directly opposite each other, they were baptized in the village church and married a few miles down the road before immigrating to the United States. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Trump’s Ancestral Village Abounds With His Relatives. Few Admit a Link.," 2 July 2018 There’s an impressive collection of masks on the wall opposite the bar. Griffin Jackson, chicagotribune.com, "The most diverse street in America? Find color, culture, connectedness on Devon Avenue," 28 June 2018 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

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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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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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