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

At the opposite end of the spectrum, James Bullard of the St. Louis Fed has argued for a steep half-point cut to demonstrate the Fed's resolve to fight off a potential recession. CBS News, "Federal Reserve expected to cut interest rates on Wednesday," 17 Sep. 2019 It is located at the opposite end of the Del Mar Racetrack and fairgrounds, which this weekend is hosting the fifth annual edition of KAABOO. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: KAABOO concludes first day with Maren Morris, Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg and more," 14 Sep. 2019 Pence spent hours in transit — both flying and driving — between Doonbeg and Dublin, more than 180 miles away on the opposite end of the country. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Pence's Doonbeg detour cost nearly $600K in ground transportation fees," 11 Sep. 2019 On the opposite end of this spectrum, your telekinetic melee is more like a light shove that feels virtually useless unless it’s aggressively upgraded. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Control delivers a visually stunning trip with mind-altering psychic combat," 26 Aug. 2019 Days, months or years later, when something triggers that unprocessed memory, the amygdala goes into overdrive, resulting in hyperalertness or, at the opposite end of the scale, completely zoning out. Janey Starling, refinery29.com, "Why We Need To Stop Using 'Triggered' In The Wrong Context," 21 Aug. 2019 In the clip, Galloway Gallego is shown signing excitedly to the crowd as the musician and another performer rap at the opposite end of the stage. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Dancing Sign Language Interpreter Keep Ups with Twista, the World's 'Fastest Rapper,' in Video," 20 Aug. 2019 At the opposite end of the spectrum is the coach that penalizes his own kid over concern about the appearance of favoritism to his kid at the expense of her teammates. Bird Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Bird Brown: Life lessons can be learned through sports," 18 Aug. 2019 In the 13th minute, Memo Rodriguez danced around defenders along the edge of the box and floated a pass to the opposite end of the area, but the ball was too high for Alberth Elis to finish with a header. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo rally to draw against Rapids," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This weekend’s other big opening The Goldfinch is the opposite of a success story. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hustlers earns Jennifer Lopez a career high opening with $33.2 million debut," 15 Sep. 2019 Maria would appear to be the opposite of the nightmare tennis parents of the past. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "Bianca Andreescu's Mom Maria is the Breakout Star of the U.S. Open," 6 Sep. 2019 Because its seasons are the opposite of those in America, Australia can sometimes provide an early warning that a particularly rough flu year is on the horizon. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County reports first flu death," 21 Aug. 2019 This is quite the opposite of what I’d consider a vacation. SELF, "Actually, Maternity Leave Is Not a Vacation," 20 Aug. 2019 Ridgewood and Liberty National are almost complete opposite of each other in terms of architecture. Ryan Asselta, SI.com, "A Quick Nine With Bryson DeChambeau," 7 Aug. 2019 The Trump tax bill was exactly the opposite of that. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Michael Bennet On How His Tax Proposals Will Improve Communities Of Color," 29 July 2019 The opposite is true of Republicans and right-leaning voters, 77% of whom say this is not the government’s responsibility. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "Medicare-for-All Is Not Medicare, and Not Really for All. So What Does It Actually Mean?," 6 Sep. 2019 The outcome was the opposite of the Xfinity Series season's two previous road races. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Austin Cindric's frantic dash, and other nuggets from the Xfinity Series at Road America," 24 Aug. 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

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 Fifth-year senior Jashon Cornell is listed as the other starter opposite Chase Young. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Which Ohio State football players are inactive for Saturday against Florida Atlantic?," 30 Aug. 2019 And one really has to watch the closing outtakes to fully appreciate Sellers' straight-faced performance, as well as the restraint of those playing opposite him. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Essential movies of the 1970s from 'Jaws' to 'Being There'," 25 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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