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 Mitchell intercepted it, starting a fast break that ended with a Schakel 3 in the opposite corner. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs extend winning streak to eight with another rout," 20 Feb. 2021 When the atmosphere forces cold air south, there must be an equal and opposite reaction forcing warm air north. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Climate change and record cold: What's behind the arctic extremes in Texas," 20 Feb. 2021 That's the opposite type of momentum coach Cuonzo Martin wants. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "College basketball misery index: Virginia, Pittsburgh plummet as ACC struggles collectively," 19 Feb. 2021 Donovan then threw this weird, hybrid hook shot/baseball pass into the opposite corner, where a sprinting Joe Ingles caught it, launched it, and sunk it to beat the shot clock. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Weekly Run newsletter: Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles will play 1-on-1 … in baseball?," 19 Feb. 2021 The show occasionally gave them a bigger showcase, usually against Fozzie Bear, but their finest hour came opposite vaudeville and television legend Milton Berle, who gamely allowed the elderly duo to eviscerate him on stage. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "How to build the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational Muppet Show episode," 19 Feb. 2021 Most public comments assumed polar opposite views, either insisting on keeping 18 holes at any cost, or removing golf altogether. Susan Du, Star Tribune, "Divided Minneapolis Park Board panel approves cutting Hiawatha Golf Course to nine holes," 18 Feb. 2021 The two sides were skating four apiece when Zacha fired in a blistering wrister from near the left faceoff dot, wiring it home after Andreas Johnsson set him up with a pinpoint feed from the opposite dot. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Devils turn back Bruins," 18 Feb. 2021 Once production can begin again in Hollywood, Pfeiffer is set to star in an Ant-Man sequel and opposite Annette Bening in the thriller Turn of Mind. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Michelle Pfeiffer Is Playing the Long Game," 17 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The government is doing the opposite of what an archaeologist like Jones seeks to do. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 Deshaun Watson reasonably asked for a more functional, stable organization, both publicly and privately, and was rewarded by Cal McNair by saying and doing the exact opposite. Stephanie Stradley, Chron, "Stephanie Stradley discusses Texans PSLs, tickets, feelings," 5 Feb. 2021 Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of the nine other Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump, said that too many of his colleagues were doing the opposite of what Ms. Cheney is. New York Times, "Liz Cheney Chooses Her Own Path, and It’s a Perilous One," 3 Feb. 2021 But what happens when they are accused of doing the opposite? Anthony Izaguirre, ajc, "Oaths questioned as Trump's backers fight against loss," 10 Jan. 2021 As the pandemic reaches new heights in California, many residents, tourists and business owners are doing the opposite of what's needed to slow the spread of coronavirus, experts say. NBC News, "As Covid crisis grows, many California businesses flout the rules," 2 Jan. 2021 Some are doing the opposite: In June, Slack Technologies Inc. went from two nationwide pay tiers to five as the company expects more of its employees to be based outside of San Francisco and New York, a company spokesman said. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "These Tech Companies Are Paying Workers the Same Rates Across U.S.," 29 Dec. 2020 While San Dieguito is pursuing reopening, many other districts have been doing the opposite. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Dieguito schools plans to reopen next month despite state rules, challenges," 20 Dec. 2020 While travel restrictions and stay-at-home advisories have many people focusing inward on their immediate surroundings, a group of area students is busy doing the opposite. Janice Neumann, chicagotribune.com, "Southland students share pandemic experiences with peers from around the world," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But even still, getting a speedy receiver to put opposite Jarvis Landry and the tight ends on the roster can open things up more, especially in play action. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Who should the Browns target at positions of need in 2021 NFL Draft? This Week in the Cleveland Browns," 18 Jan. 2021 This communal, direct action seemed like a glimpse of the culture of negation’s hard-to-find opposite: invigorating and sometimes uncomfortable, but not a distraction or a suppressant. New York Times, "How Nothingness Became Everything We Wanted," 19 Jan. 2021 Before entering his own unit, Djabatey’s eyes stopped at the door opposite, where the sounds of television leaked into the hallway. Washington Post, "‘No safety net’ and little sympathy. Some small landlords struggle under eviction moratoriums.," 9 Dec. 2020 When the ball was snapped, West Bloomfield defensive end Niles King was lined up opposite of Alabama signee Damon Payne. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "How West Bloomfield football finally exacted revenge on Belleville to make state finals," 16 Jan. 2021 Diana’s own desire, after all, is for some kind of normalcy, the comforting opposite of her life as an Amazonian demigoddess responsible for feats of derring-do. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Wonder Woman 1984 Is the Superhero Movie That 2020 Needed," 23 Dec. 2020 At the same time and in support of the Redmen, another state lawmaker proposed a resolution last year opposite to Weight’s that would have discouraged the removal of Native mascots. The Salt Lake Tribune, "New resolution would urge Utah schools to retire ‘hurtful and racist’ Native American mascots," 24 Nov. 2020 The Oscar-winning legend sings her heart out opposite Nicole Kidman and James Corden in a Netflix musical, plus hits the high seas for a Steven Soderbergh dramedy filmed aboard the Queen Mary 2. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Netflix's 'The Prom,' Michael Bay's COVID-19 movie 'Songbird'," 10 Dec. 2020 Rookie cornerback Essang Bassey is in line to start opposite A.J. Bouye in the secondary. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Chiefs vs. Broncos live stream (12/6): How to watch NFL Week 13 online, TV, time," 6 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition For example, a Schultz photo of a sleeping sled dog on one page pairs up with a Van Zyle painting of a sleeping dog team opposite it. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "2 well-known Alaska artists collaborate in new work pairing photos and paintings," 20 Feb. 2021 Without Vernon, the Browns clearly need help opposite Garrett, as neither Porter Gustin nor Adrian Clayborn is a starter-worthy end. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "The 3 Browns moves that could change the defense like 3 moves last offseason changed the offense: Doug Lesmerises," 24 Jan. 2021 Hendrickson sat opposite him at a computer, his hands hovering over the keyboard, ready to transcribe notes. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part I: Peril in the South China Sea," 26 Jan. 2021 Washington makes Joe authoritative, intelligent and vaguely haunted, all of which tracks — and positions him opposite the callow Baxter, who's written to be like a dog with a bone and who becomes even less nuanced in Malek's half-note performance. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "In 'The Little Things,' Denzel Washington tracks another killer, and it's another good movie," 28 Jan. 2021 For instance, one change is a large portrait of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt gracing the wall opposite the Resolute Desk. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Biden's Oval Office decor reflects White House's leftward drift," 20 Jan. 2021 Luker received her first Tony nomination for best actress in a musical for her work as Magnolia opposite the Gaylord Ravenal of Mark Jacoby. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Lou Gehrig’s disease claims Rebecca Luker, 3-time Tony-nominated actor," 23 Dec. 2020 Tre Herndon, who started opposite Jones in Week 14, is on the reserve/COVID-19 list and must clear protocols to play Sunday. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens rule out Jimmy Smith, will enter game vs. Jaguars with just one healthy cornerback," 18 Dec. 2020 Desselle Reid, who also starred opposite Halle Berry in the 1997 film B*A*P*S, reportedly died after a private battle with colon cancer, which she was diagnosed with earlier this year. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Natalie Desselle Reid Of Cinderella & B*A*P*S Fame Dies At 53," 8 Dec. 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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25 Feb 2021

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“Opposite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opposite. Accessed 2 Mar. 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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