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 The perception that the White Sox are a team on the rise and that the Cubs are heading in the opposite direction was perhaps inevitable. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Are the White Sox and Cubs heading in opposite directions? This offseason could be a turning point for both teams.," 13 Nov. 2019 The early loss put both teams at 2-2 but their seasons have since gone in opposite directions. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Breaking down Ravens’ final seven games: What are the playoff implications, and which games could be flexed?," 13 Nov. 2019 Two franchises heading in opposite directions — one believing the victory was bringing them to a new era of sustained success and stability, the other hoping the loss was not a harbinger of inevitable decline. BostonGlobe.com, "Nearly two years later, as the Eagles and Patriots prepare for their rematch of Super Bowl LII Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia, the tables we thought had turned instead returned to their original places.," 13 Nov. 2019 Brian Lewerke, Patterson’s Michigan State counterpart, has been trending in the opposite direction. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football vs. Michigan State football: From QB to special teams, who has the edge?," 13 Nov. 2019 But the Urban Institute’s Linda Blumberg argues that Warren’s plan might go too far in the opposite direction. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Sanders’s and Warren’s health-care plans sound too good to be true. They are.," 10 Nov. 2019 Seahawks 24, 49ers 21 Lock of the week Atlanta at New Orleans Both teams are coming off their bye weeks and headed in opposite directions. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Week 10 NFL Picks: Undefeated San Francisco hosts division rival Seattle in Monday night showdown," 9 Nov. 2019 At issue are two federal laws that pull in opposite directions. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Newsom runs up against US Justice Department rules in pardoning immigrants," 8 Nov. 2019 Run the current in the opposite direction and the direction of the Lorenz force will reverse as well, creating propulsion instead of drag. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "Kilometer-Long Space-Tether Tests Fuel-Free Propulsion," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Your childhood money story may be similar to mine or the exact opposite. Kara Stevens, Essence, "Heal Your Relationship With Money Using These 3 Simple Steps," 11 Nov. 2019 Pushing yourself to explore the exact opposite of existing approaches will awaken your creative genius. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "These 12 techniques will change brainstorming forever," 26 Oct. 2019 Mulvaney's suggestion of the exact opposite makes this the second time in three days his frankness has people asking how long before he's sacked. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "How far left is too far? -- Meanwhile in America," 21 Oct. 2019 As for the proper body to investigate presidential wrongdoing, as the Washington Post’s James Hohmann notes, Trump is arguing that Congress has no authority to investigate him through impeachment, and arguing the exact opposite in another case. Mona Charen, National Review, "Accountability in the Trump Administration," 11 Oct. 2019 The uniform is almost the exact opposite of the mask, and always symbolizes a type of authority founded on entirely opposing principles. Mary Hui, Quartz, "A brief history of government efforts to stop people from wearing masks," 4 Oct. 2019 In fact, the results suggest the exact opposite is true. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "When it comes to moral decisions, testosterone doesn’t seem to do much," 23 July 2019 Ironically, the problem with a vacant home is just the opposite. Ellen James Martin | Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, courant.com, "Smart Moves: A vacant house can mean a tough sell," 11 Sep. 2019 Earlier that day, Dow Chemical CEO Jim Fitterling argued the exact opposite. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "At Fortune’s Global Sustainability Forum, the Planet Is the Point: raceAhead," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The Rams also signed linebacker Clay Matthews to start opposite Fowler. Los Angeles Times, "Dante Fowler and Rams defense key to beating Saints," 14 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday the party lost one Conservative lawmaker, Phillip Lee, who crossed the House of Commons to the benches opposite Mr. Johnson to join the Liberal Democrats, a centrist, anti-Brexit party. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Britain’s Conservatives Erupt Into Civil War as Unlikely Rebels Defy Boris Johnson," 3 Sep. 2019 Whoever wins the role will star opposite a Hollywood veteran. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Baz Luhrmann Is Making an Elvis Presley Biopic. Here's Everything We Know.," 2 July 2019 Fuller didn't play in any preseason games but has practiced throughout training camp and is set to have his usual role opposite All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Will Fuller on Texans' season opener: 'I'm ready'," 3 Sep. 2019 Ivey, out of South Dade High in Homestead, was listed entering Saturday’s game as competing with fellow sophomore Al Blades Jr. for the starting cornerback spot opposite of Trajan Bandy. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Cornerback DJ Ivey suspended for Miami Hurricanes’ opener against Florida Gators," 24 Aug. 2019 With Epps out, redshirt freshman Bryce Oliver, one of the spring game's breakout stars, has moved to the first-team offense at the outside receiver spot opposite junior Josh Ali. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football projected starter Isaiah Epps out six weeks with foot injury," 6 Aug. 2019 With senior Darian Mills having exhausted his eligibility, the cornerback job opposite senior Jalen Thompson was there for the taking. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Finally healthy, South Alabama’s Travis Reed ready to ‘give it to God’," 5 Sep. 2019 Their entourage will be trapped in their own armchairs, placed in a horseshoe pattern or marching down one long wall of the room, opposite a matching row of Chinese officials. The Economist, "Why Chinese officials like useless meetings in over-stuffed chairs," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Based at Sinbad's marina on the Detroit shoreline opposite Belle Isle and also in St. Clair Shores, the tiki boats have proved immediately popular among those seeking a different kind of party outing. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Tiki boats could be start of untapped business opportunity on Detroit River," 22 Aug. 2019 One shot shows Seventeen lined up in perfect formation, and opposite them is a mirror image of themselves — in fact, a copy machine-esque sound is heard in the background as a light flashes. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Seventeen Just Dropped A Dramatic Teaser, & Here Are Carats' Theories," 23 July 2019 Officers did not see tampering on any vehicles. Found property: Main Street Shortly after 4 p.m. Aug. 31, an unidentified person called police to report seeing keys hanging in a tree opposite the Popcorn Shop. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Unlicensed driver handed over to Solon police: Chagrin Falls Police Blotter," 10 Sep. 2019 That success was followed by an unfortunate tour starring Ralph Macchio, but the 2011 revival gave audiences a look at Daniel Radcliffe opposite John Larroquette, who won a Tony for his work. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "What’s hot in OC arts and entertainment for August," 31 July 2019 Sedona Lakes, a community opposite Texas 288 from Pomona where homes sell from the low $200,000s to more than $600,000, is about two-thirds complete with nearly 600 occupied homes, according to Metrostudy. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Toll Brothers adds new luxe homes at Manvel’s Pomona community," 26 July 2019 There’s the business-friendly Taj, on a prime corner opposite the Company’s Garden, and the quirky Grand Daddy Hotel, where guests can book an Airstream in the rooftop trailer park above the hubbub of Long Street. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cape Town's Business District Is Now Also Its Coolest Neighborhood," 25 July 2019 Butler is an actor on the rise who will soon be seen opposite Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Meet Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley! Actor Austin Butler Cast as Legendary Singer in Biopic," 15 July 2019 Hill is set to act opposite Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm, Sam Rockwell, Paul Walter Hauser and Kathy Bates. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Jonah Hill Is Engaged to Girlfriend Gianna Santos," 3 Sep. 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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18 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for opposite

The first known use of opposite was in the 14th century

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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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