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
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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But now the pendulum in the boom-to-bust oil industry could swing too far in the opposite direction. Matt Egan, CNN, "$190 oil sounds crazy. But JPMorgan thinks it's possible, even after the pandemic," 18 June 2020 Now, as much of Europe starts opening up again, Britain is again going in the opposite direction. The Economist, "Shutting the stable door Britain’s new quarantine rules are a head-scratcher," 11 June 2020 Still, among many D.C. parents, especially in neighborhoods hit hardest by the virus, an opposite sentiment is scrambling schools’ plans. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "In D.C. wards hit hardest by covid-19, sending kids to school is a risk some parents won’t take," 10 July 2020 These two friends have worked in the same business for nearly 40 years together but are taking opposite stances on the upcoming Major League Baseball season. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB umpires Joe West, Gerry Davis take opposing stances on COVID-shortened 2020 season," 9 July 2020 The opposite coast’s sole representation this year is Washington’s San Juan Islands, which move onto the list at the No. 2 spot. Rebecca Ascher-walsh, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 Islands in the Continental U.S.," 8 July 2020 Players and coaches on opposite teams are being asked not to socialize before or during games. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Baseball 2020 at a social distance: imaginary high-fives, no fraternization, lots of space," 8 July 2020 The new case presented the opposite question: Can the Trump administration allow all sorts of employers with religious or moral objections to contraception to opt out of the coverage requirement? Adam Liptak, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court lets employers opt out of birth control coverage," 8 July 2020 As store shelves emptied, Sarhan had the opposite problem: 30,000 pads, tampons, and other menstrual products overflowing in her kitchen, donations from a monthslong holiday drive. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, "The pandemic has exacerbated an under-the-radar health disparity: period poverty," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun La Niña is the opposite of El Niño, which is the warm phase of the cycle. Judson Jones And Virginia Langmaid, CNN, "NOAA issues a La Niña watch, the impetus for an active hurricane season," 9 July 2020 Arbitration is, of course, the opposite of this process. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Monopolies Make Their Own Rules," 7 July 2020 The typical individual investor is the polar opposite of the gamblers who have been grabbing headlines for day-trading stocks. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Markets Bombed, Investors Carried On," 26 June 2020 That’s the exact opposite of the Confederate memorials that rose as whites in the South pushed to re-segregate Blacks and deprive them of their voting rights. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Toppled SF monuments signal larger social changes about how and what we memorialize," 25 June 2020 And then the opposite of that was Karen, who is all light and fluffy and completely delusional, bright and girly. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Diane Guerrero explains what Doom Patrol craziness can tell us about our lives," 23 June 2020 This is maddening, because closing polling sites during a pandemic is the exact opposite of what election officials ought to be doing. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Georgia’s Failure Shows How Not to Run an Election in the Pandemic," 10 June 2020 In disasters here usually the opposite is true: the storms bring people together, encouraging displays of fortitude, madness, resiliency. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020 Because the device is dual-powered, the opposite is true: also The dock can pull its own power directly from the laptop’s Thunderbolt cable if needed. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The Belkin Thunderbolt Dock Core is the first dual-powered Thunderbolt dock," 29 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb De Havilland won accolades for her portrayal of the character’s sharp transition and her work opposite renowned method actor Montgomery Clift. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "9 Olivia de Havilland movies to watch for her 104th birthday that aren’t ‘Gone with the Wind’," 1 July 2020 The first storeroom is decorated with scenes from the Book of Gates, while a twin annex directly opposite shows scenes from the Book of the Heavenly Cow, which recounts how the goddess Nut ascended to create the celestial vault. National Geographic, "This pharaoh's painted tomb was missing its mummy," 25 June 2020 Yet in 2016, the president threatened to boycott the presidential debates before appearing at a podium opposite of Secretary Hillary Clinton. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump and Biden respond to Supreme Court's DACA decision," 18 June 2020 This week, the Democratic candidate for President started a petition calling on us to do the exact opposite. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Facebook now says it won't even try to block 2020 election disinformation," 12 June 2020 The winner would replace the berth previously awarded to the MLS regular season points leader in the conference opposite of the 2020 Supporters’ Shield winner. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "MLS is Back tournament to begin July 8 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando," 10 June 2020 Arizona Cardinals: Shaun Wade Wade would possibly be paired opposite All-Pro corner Patrick Peterson or replace him, as the 30-year old enters a contract season. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Which Ohio State football players will be 2021 first-round NFL Draft picks in Cleveland? Surveying the mocks," 19 May 2020 Rams second-year safety Taylor Rapp, above, will start opposite John Johnson, who is returning from a shoulder injury. Los Angeles Times, "John Johnson must shoulder leadership role as Rams’ most experienced safety," 8 Apr. 2020 About 80 percent of the roughly 280 year-round residents live in a single building, the Begich Towers, a 14-story high rise that sits opposite a reindeer pen. Bill Roth, Anchorage Daily News, "In an Alaska town where almost everyone lives under the same roof, the pandemic threat feels different," 30 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition This time the target was Kastellorizo, a far-flung Greek island opposite Kas, a pleasant resort town on the Turkish mainland. The Economist, "Muddying the waters Turkey and Greece avoid coming to blows, for now," 1 Aug. 2020 The store was located opposite the city's Third Precinct building, which protesters burned after the police evacuated. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, ""Umbrella Man" caught in viral video smashing windows during Minneapolis protest is a white supremacist, police say," 29 July 2020 Krystopher Perry plays opposite him as Ross Gardiner, the young finance executive and driver who nearly struck Green. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Sniff out some new activities during the dog days of summer: Valley Views," 13 July 2020 The guy acted his heart out opposite a volleyball, for goodness sake. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Tom Hanks turns 64 today; Here are his 10 best movies," 9 July 2020 The lanky Cordero originated the menacing role of husband Earl opposite his estranged wife, played by Jessie Mueller, in Waitress as well as the role of Sonny in Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale. Dallas News, "Broadway star Nick Cordero dies from coronavirus complications at 41," 6 July 2020 In the show, Katherine Johnson of Houston will portray Corie opposite her boyfriend, Hunter Mehrens, a Bay Area favorite, as Paul Bratter. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "‘Barefoot’ to showcase remodeled Franca’s stage," 30 June 2020 Irving has emerged opposite James among players for and against returning to play this summer in Orlando. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Four years after Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship, where are they now?," 19 June 2020 When the march unfolded earlier this month, bringing more than 400 people to a park opposite the public library, an armed militia stood guard - at ground level but also atop nearby roofs, as if ready to act as snipers. Anchorage Daily News, "As protests spread to small-town America, militia groups respond with armed intimidation and online threats," 18 June 2020

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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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Last Updated

30 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Opposite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opposite. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for opposite

opposite

adjective
How to pronounce opposite (audio)

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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