- 1 English
- 2 Latin
- 3 Middle French
This page has 17 definitions of opposite in English, Latin, and Middle French. Opposite is an adjective, noun, an adverb and preposition. Examples of how to use opposite in a sentence are shown. Also define these 22 related words and terms: locate, directly, across, botany, leaf, flower, face, direction, complementary, mutually exclusive, contrary, opponent, antonym, mathematics, additive inverse, facing, role, television, channel, oppositus, opposite, and side.
- opposit (archaic)
opposite (not comparable)
- Located directly across from something else, or from each other.
- She saw him walking on the opposite side of the road.
Locate definitionTo place; to set in a particular spot or position. (1 of 4 locate definitions)
- (botany) Of leaves and flowers, positioned directly across from each other on a stem.
- Facing in the other direction.
- They were moving in opposite directions.
Direction definitionA theoretical line (physically or mentally) followed from a point of origin or towards a destination. May be relative (e.g. up, left, outbound, dorsal), geographical (e.g. north), rotational (e.g. clockwise), or with respect to an object or location (e.g. toward Boston). (1 of 6 direction definitions)
- Of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things.
- He is attracted to the opposite sex.
- Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant; antagonistic.
- 1697, “[Dedication]”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. […], London: […] Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 403869432:
- Novels, by which the reader is misled into another sort of pieasure opposite to that which is designed in an epick poem.
- 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Eliz[abeth] Holt, for Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242:, Book III
- Particles of speech have divers, and sometimes almost opposite, significations.
opposite (plural opposites)
- Something opposite or contrary to something else.
- A person or thing that is entirely different from or the reverse of someone or something else; used to show contrast between two people or two things.
- She is the opposite of her ex-boyfriend who abused her both physically and verbally nearly every day for five years. She now works as an advocate and supportive listener for others who have endured abusive relationships.
- An opponent.
- An antonym.
- "Up" is the opposite of "down".
- (mathematics) An additive inverse.
opposite (not comparable)
- In an opposite position.
- I was on my seat and she stood opposite.
- Where's the bus station? -Over there, just opposite.
- Facing, or across from.
- He lives opposite the pub.
- 1906, Stanley J[ohn] Weyman, chapter I, in Chippinge Borough, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co., OCLC 580270828, page 01:
- It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. […]. He halted opposite the Privy Gardens, and, with his face turned skywards, listened until the sound of the Tower guns smote again on the ear and dispelled his doubts.
- In a complementary role to.
- He played opposite Marilyn Monroe.
- (television) On another channel at the same time.
- The game show Just Men! aired opposite The Young and the Restless on CBS.
Television definitionAn electronic communication medium that allows the transmission of real-time visual images, and often sound. (1 of 4 television definitions)
- opposite in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700, pre-publication website, 2005-2016
opposite m or f (plural opposites)
- opposite (located directly across from something else, or from each other)
opposite f (plural opposites)
- opposite side