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

Double Dutch jumping involves two people who turn the long jump ropes in opposite directions while one or more jumpers perform jumping routines within the ropes. Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis Star, "From Indianapolis to Oslo to Berlin: Indy Air Bears jump to the world stage," 9 Aug. 2019 Of course, these two efforts to change the political trajectory of the country went in opposite ideological directions. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "Politics Changed the Reading of the Second Amendment—and Can Change It Again," 5 Aug. 2019 Covered seating off to the side offers a view of the greenery, with tilted mirrors that reflect it back to those facing in the opposite direction. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "At Oleana in Cambridge, leaving a perfect night to chance," 5 Aug. 2019 But then something extremely not-boring happened: A gigantic leviathan creature crashed into their ship, destroying it and scattering Kadyn and Gil in opposite directions. Christian Holub, EW.com, "5 comics to read this August: Epic battles on fallen worlds," 2 Aug. 2019 The car then turned around and went in the opposite direction before stopping in the street. cleveland.com, "Man, 58, arrested for assaulting room renter: Solon police blotter," 2 Aug. 2019 Stock prices and interest rates typically move in opposite directions. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "What a Fed move to cut interest rates would mean for your wallet," 31 July 2019 Instead, the team focused on Newton's 3rd Law—for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction—by converting the kinetic energy of moving salt water into electricity. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Could Rust Be a New Source of Renewable Energy?," 30 July 2019 At the same time Jespersen and Ueland were navigating the Toubkal trail, four men from the outskirts of Marrakech were approaching the peak from the opposite direction. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If there is an opposite of show killer — that unbecoming term for actors whose mere presence can doom a pilot or TV series — it could rightly be named after Kirby Howell-Baptiste. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Good Place' Breakout Lands First Starring Role: "Kirby Is About to Become a Big Deal"," 7 Aug. 2019 Nudge and sludge are portrayed as opposites, but ultimately both encourage (or manipulate, depending on your perspective) the public to pursue a particular choice. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Politicians love nudge theory. But beware its doppelgänger “sludge”," 31 July 2019 Reefs, which are disappearing at an alarming rate and now in the midst of an unprecedented disease outbreak, are the opposite. Jenny Staletovich, sun-sentinel.com, "New Study Says Everglades Water Is Harming Keys Corals. Not Everyone Agrees.," 28 July 2019 The American public feels the exact opposite, Pew found. Donovan Slack, USA TODAY, "Majority of veterans say U.S. military campaigns in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan not worth it, poll finds," 10 July 2019 New York City FC elected to take the kicks on the goal opposite of the supporters section. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City defeats NYCFC in penalty kicks, advances to U.S. Open Cup semifinals," 10 July 2019 For a homework assignment about pairing opposites, Chloe contrasts a picture of Madeline with a drawing of a door. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Big Little Lies Exhumes the Secrets of Marriage," 1 July 2019 The fact that her line is pretty much the opposite of kimonos, consisting of formfitting shape-wear in skin tone colors rather than colorful and intricate silken robes, isn’t really helping the matter. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Read the letter from Kyoto’s mayor to Kim Kardashian protesting “Kimono” shapewear," 30 June 2019 The name might be a mouthful, but the look itself is the opposite: minimalist and dreamy, only made better by the chic backdrop of English ivy. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Kristen Bell Just Showed Us The Cutest Way To Style A Summer Bob," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Money Mitch not going quietly: The competition for the cornerback spot opposite Denzel Ward has been one worth watching all camp. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Browns secondary coach Joe Whitt: Everybody plays better when Jermaine Whitehead is on the field," 6 Aug. 2019 Rowe continues to compete for the second starting cornerback job opposite Howard. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins training camp Day 6: Stock up, stock down and other observations," 31 July 2019 All that had been cemented with regard to the Brewers' pitching plan heading into their opener with the A's was that right-hander Adrian Houser would start opposite right-hander Chris Bassitt. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Yasmani Grandal, Brewers confident they can help get Jordan Lyles back on track," 30 July 2019 However, the very opposite turned out to be the case. Quanta Magazine, "The Double Life of Black Holes," 29 Jan. 2019 Both former Patriots defensive backs continue to compete for the starting cornerback job opposite Xavien Howard. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins training camp Day 3: Josh Rosen’s stock rises while Ryan Fitzpatrick’s falls, and other observations," 27 July 2019 The outside cornerback spot opposite Denzel Ward is currently between the incumbent, Terrance Mitchell, and the newcomer, second-round pick Greedy Williams. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Browns training camp defensive report: T.J. Carrie makes plays," 27 July 2019 Last year Floyd lined up opposite All-Pro Khalil Mack but collected only four sacks, in part because a hand injury hampered him the first half of the season. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Leonard Floyd is bigger, stronger, healthy — and ready for a breakout season opposite Khalil Mack," 17 June 2019 An Edwards Cinema is the anchor tenant, and Red Robin sits opposite, across a cobbled plaza, for pre- or post-gaming. Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle, "Burger Friday: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers at Marq-E Entertainment Center," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Taylor was married to the man who voiced Mickey Mouse opposite her, Wayne Allwine, from 1991 until his death in 2009. NBC News, "Russi Taylor, longtime voice of Minnie Mouse, dies at 75," 28 July 2019 Taylor was married to the man who voiced Mickey Mouse opposite her, Wayne Allwine, from 1991 until his death in 2009. orlandosentinel.com, "Russi Taylor, longtime voice of Minnie Mouse, dies at 75," 27 July 2019 Parking complaint, Merry Oaks Trail: Police were called July 12 to the scene where two vehicles were parked opposite each other on the street creating a hazard for motorists. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Early morning burglary suspect is caught, Bainbridge Township Police Blotter," 20 July 2019 Landmarks: Horton Plaza Park, site of speeches and demonstrations, is opposite the equally historic U.S. Grant Hotel. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown: Hotbed of past glories and future tech," 30 June 2019 Cornerbacks Eric Rowe and Jomal Wiltz, who both worked under new coach Brian Flores with the New England Patriots last year, have opportunities to compete for the open starting spot opposite Pro Bowler Xavien Howard to solidify Miami’s secondary. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "What are some realistic expectations for Dolphins newcomers this season? | Countdown to camp," 23 July 2019 The peninsula is a highly visible landform, shaped like a thumb, on the west side of the Cuyahoga River opposite Tower City Center. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Developer withdraws Scranton Peninsula proposal after committee rips design," 18 July 2019 Quarterbacks picked on Person, with Northwestern and Michigan in particular taking advantage of his inexperience opposite Justin Layne, who is now in the NFL. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Sizing up Michigan State football's impact backups for 2019," 16 July 2019 Just being in the presence of Beyoncé is likely to be an insane experience, but imagine having to sing opposite the superstar. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Donald Glover Jokes The He Didn't Want 'To Be Looking In Beyoncé's Eyes' While Singing "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"," 10 July 2019

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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 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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