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

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 This was the final meeting of the season between teams on the opposite ends of the Central Division standings. Bob Sutton, Star Tribune, "Teravainen produces as Hurricanes top Red Wings 3-1," 29 Apr. 2021 The lawmakers are taking up the mantle for opposite ends of the political spectrum, Scott for conservatives and Bowman for progressives. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, "Biden's bets grow on what government can do: The Note," 28 Apr. 2021 Rousseau’s opt-out is what opened up the greater opportunity for Phillips to shine as it was originally thought Rousseau and Roche would be the dynamic tandem on opposite ends for the Hurricanes in 2020. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Jaelan Phillips, Greg Rousseau among five Miami Hurricanes likely to get drafted," 28 Apr. 2021 The two couples sat in our backyard on the season’s first warm evening, on opposite ends of a long table, and toasted and tasted the return of normalcy — and a return to Olivia’s. BostonGlobe.com, "With patio weather upon us, Project Takeout is a wrap," 27 Apr. 2021 Both ended up at opposite ends of the West Coast Conference, Hachimura (a year ahead) at perennial champion Gonzaga and Diabate at perennial doormat Portland. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs get basketball commitment from multilingual forward," 26 Apr. 2021 If a fight broke out, the antagonists had to walk to opposite ends of the island and return, ideally having cooled off. New York Times, "Peter Warner, 90, Seafarer Who Discovered Shipwrecked Boys, Dies," 22 Apr. 2021 Visiting astronauts and cargo spaceships will hook up to the core module from opposite ends. Ling Xin, Scientific American, "China to Launch First Module of Massive Space Station," 21 Apr. 2021 The group has been working from opposite ends of the world, with Mayberry and keyboardist Martin Doherty in Los Angeles and bandmate Iain Cook in Glasgow, via video calls and audio-sharing programs. Jem Aswad, chicagotribune.com, "Chvrches drop anti-mansplaining new single, ‘He Said She Said’," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What happened in those short months, however, demonstrates TikTok’s ability to elevate and amplify Black women’s voices in a world that consistently works to do the opposite. BostonGlobe.com, "DJ WhySham brought Boston’s Black women hip-hop artists to TikTok — and the world," 5 May 2021 Where many songwriters might turn to the simplest, almost nursery-rhyme-level lyrics to get the message across, Michaels does the opposite. Charlie Harding And Nate Sloan, Vulture, "You’ll Always Know a Julia Michaels Song When You Hear One — Call It Her Superpower," 4 May 2021 Her platform Fit Girl Bod allows people to follow her journey to gain weight when most are seeking to do the opposite. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, "With Fit Girl Bod And An Upcoming Feminine Care Line, Comedian Lala Milan Is A Health And Wellness Guru In The Making," 30 Apr. 2021 Just as certain ingredients work wonders on curls, there are plenty that do the opposite. Tess Garcia, Health.com, "The 11 Best Products for Curly Hair, According to Celebrity Hairstylists," 26 Apr. 2021 And, that's exactly the opposite of what the Pentagon has in mind for the LCS. Jim Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's Stealth Strike Force: PM Meets the New Littoral Combat Ship," 22 Apr. 2021 Democrats and voting rights advocates argued that the legislation does the opposite of creating a safe voting environment. Kelly Mena, CNN, "Texas House approves bill allowing election judges to carry a gun in most polling places," 21 Apr. 2021 African-American voters understand that the politics of job destruction and high taxes are exactly the opposite of what their families and communities need. Elizabeth Heng, National Review, "How Republicans Can Win in California," 24 Mar. 2021 That's exactly the opposite of what usually occurs during recessions, with the unemployed enrolling in an attempt to improve their job prospects. Fortune, "‘25% of colleges could go out of business’: Chegg CEO says the pandemic is speeding up higher education’s reckoning," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The chair opposite is covered in the same fabric that filled her childhood home. Anna Logan, House Beautiful, "Chauncey Boothby Designs a "Perfectly Imperfect" Home for Her Own Family," 7 May 2021 The team now has an elite rusher to play opposite Emmanuel Ogbah, who experienced a breakout campaign in 2020. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, "What they’re saying about the Dolphins’ 2021 NFL draft," 30 Apr. 2021 Jadevon Clowney is signed and sealed for the Browns’ pass rush opposite Myles Garrett. Matt Goul, cleveland, "NFL Draft 2021 preview: What you need to know about the Browns, Buckeyes - and Cleveland - with two weeks to go," 15 Apr. 2021 Nevertheless, the bracket opposite unbeaten Gonzaga, which plays Creighton on Sunday, appears open for the Bears (25-2), who have been to three regional finals in the last 12 years but never to a Final Four. New York Times, "Baylor Passes Biggest Test of Tournament and Oral Roberts Falters," 27 Mar. 2021 Left-hander Julio Urías is slated to start opposite right-hander Jeff Hoffman. Los Angeles Times, "Walker Buehler, Dustin May pitch well in Dodgers’ spring training tie against Giants," 2 Mar. 2021 So, instead of increasing ROI from collaboration tools, the exact opposite can happen. Pat Calhoun, Forbes, "How To Unlock The Potential Of Your Collaboration Tool For Employee Self-Help," 20 Apr. 2021 That has allowed Jaylin Simpson to slide back into the second cornerback spot opposite entrenched starter Roger McCreary this spring. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Ladarius Tennison’s move to safety providing Auburn with flexibility in secondary," 9 Apr. 2021 Nicole Kidman plays war correspondent Martha Gellhorn opposite yet another pretty boy cast as Hemingway, Clive Owen. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Hemingway on film: Actors who portrayed the legendary writer," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, sat opposite the monarch alongside his wife Camilla. Danica Kirka And Jill Lawless, Chron, "Prince Philip is laid to rest as somber queen sits alone," 17 Apr. 2021 Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, sat opposite the monarch alongside his wife, Camilla. Arkansas Online, "Prince Philip is laid to rest as somber queen sits alone," 17 Apr. 2021 The brothers sat opposite each other in St. George's Chapel for the funeral, which was attended by only 30 people because of coronavirus restrictions. BostonGlobe.com, "Harry and William were seen chatting together after funeral of Prince Philip," 17 Apr. 2021 Buehler started opposite him because the Dodgers — in a nod to the series’ importance — manipulated their rotation to line up their best three starters for the weekend. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers outlast Padres in 12-inning thriller: ‘It was like a playoff game’," 17 Apr. 2021 Taijuan Walker starts the opener for the Mets against Chase Anderson, with Aaron Nola going in the nightcap for Philadelphia opposite Stroman. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Reds-Giants MLB 2021 live stream (4/13): How to watch online, TV info, time," 14 Apr. 2021 The Moon's opposition to harmonious Venus makes this a delicate balancing act, as Venus is opposite her own sign of Libra and feeling assertive in fiery Aries. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for March 28, 2021," 28 Mar. 2021 OSU-Villanova is opposite the matchup of No. 4 Purdue-No. 13 North Carolina Greensboro. oregonlive, "Oregon State projected as a 12 or 13 seed by most NCAA bracket predictions hours before official selection," 14 Mar. 2021 Grammy winner Brandy will star opposite Eve and Naturi Naughton in the new ABC pilot Queens, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Brandy to Return to TV in ABC Hip-Hop Drama Queens," 8 Mar. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Opposite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opposite. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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