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Meaning of opposite by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • opposit


    From Latin oppositus, perfect passive participle of oppōnō ( “I oppose” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɒpəzɪt/, X-SAMPA: /"Qp@zIt/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɑpəsɪt/, X-SAMPA: /"Ap@sIt/


    opposite ( not comparable )

    1. Located directly across from something else, or from each other .
      She saw him walking on the opposite side of the road .
    2. Facing in the other direction .
      They were moving in opposite directions .
    3. Of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things .
      He has a lot of success with the opposite sex .

    Derived terms


    opposite ( plural: opposites )

    1. Something opposite or contrary to another .
    2. An opponent .
    3. An antonym .
      "Up" is the opposite of "down" .
    4. ( mathematics ) An additive inverse .

    Derived terms



    1. Facing, or across from .
      He lives opposite the pub .
    2. In a complementary role to .
      He played opposite Marilyn Monroe .

    See also

    • apposite


Explanation of opposite by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. directly facing each other

    2. they sat opposite at the table
    1. of leaves etc

    2. opposite leaves
    3. characterized by opposite extremes

    4. diametrical ( or opposite ) points of view
      opposite meanings
    5. altogether different in nature or quality or significance

    6. the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended
      it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest- Charles Reade
    7. the other one of a complementary pair

    8. the opposite sex
      the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors
    9. being directly across from each other

    10. And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm- Longfellow
      we lived on opposite sides of the street
      at opposite poles
    11. moving or facing away from each other

    12. looking in opposite directions
      they went in opposite directions
    1. a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other

    2. a contestant that you are matched against

    3. a relation of direct opposition

    4. something inverted in sequence or character or effect

    Definition of opposite by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. opposite ( ŏppozĭt or ŏpposĭt ), a. [F., fr. L. oppositus, p. p. of opponere. See Opponent.]
      1. Placed over against; standing or situated over against or in front; facing; -- often with to; as, “a house opposite to the Exchange; the concert hall and the state theater stood opposite each other on the plaza”.

      2. Situated on the other end of an imaginary line passing through or near the middle of an intervening space or object; -- of one object with respect to another; as, “the office is on the opposite side of town;” -- also used both to describe two objects with respect to each other; as, “the stores were on opposite ends of the mall”.

      3. Applied to the other of two things which are entirely different; other; as, “the opposite sex; the opposite extreme; antonyms have opposite meanings.”

      4. Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant; antagonistic.

      Novels, by which the reader is misled into another sort of pleasure opposite to that which is designed in an epic poem. Dryden.

      Particles of speech have divers, and sometimes almost opposite, significations. Locke.

      5. ( Bot. ) Set over against each other, but separated by the whole diameter of the stem, as two leaves at the same node. Placed directly in front of another part or organ, as a stamen which stands before a petal.

    2. Opposite, n.
      1. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist. [Obs.]

      The opposites of this day's strife. Shak.

      2. That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning; as, “sweetness and its opposite; up is the opposite of down”.

      The virtuous man meets with more opposites and opponents than any other. Landor.

      polar opposite that which is conspicuously different in most important respects.