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opposite

Overview

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.

English

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old French oposite, from Latin oppositus, perfect passive participle of oppōnō (I oppose). Compare oppose.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒpəzɪt/, /ˈɒpəsɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɑp(ə)sɪt/, /ˈɑpəzɪt/
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Adjective

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.
    • Locate definition
      To place; to set in a particular spot or position. (1 of 4 locate definitions)
  2. (botany) Of leaves and flowers, positioned directly across from each other on a stem.
    • Botany definition
      The scientific study of plants, a branch of biology. Typically those disciplines that involve the whole plant. (1 of 4 botany definitions)
  3. Facing in the other direction.
    They were moving in opposite directions.
    • Face definition
      The front part of the head of a human or other animal, featuring the eyes, nose and mouth, and the surrounding area. (1 of 26 face definitions)
    • Direction definition
      A 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)
  4. Of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things.
    He is attracted to the opposite sex.
  5. Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant; antagonistic.

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Noun

opposite (plural opposites)

  1. Something opposite or contrary to something else.
  2. 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.
  3. An opponent.
    • Opponent definition
      One who opposes another; one who works or takes a position against someone or something; one who attempts to stop the progress of someone or something. (1 of 5 opponent definitions)
  4. An antonym.
    "Up" is the opposite of "down".
  5. (mathematics) An additive inverse.

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Adverb

opposite (not comparable)

  1. In an opposite position.
    I was on my seat and she stood opposite.
    Where's the bus station? -Over there, just opposite.

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Preposition

opposite

  1. 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.
  2. In a complementary role to.
    He played opposite Marilyn Monroe.
  3. (television) On another channel at the same time.
    The game show Just Men! aired opposite The Young and the Restless on CBS.
    • Television definition
      An electronic communication medium that allows the transmission of real-time visual images, and often sound. (1 of 4 television definitions)

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See also


Latin

Adjective

opposite

  1. vocative masculine singular of oppositus
    • Oppositus definition
      opposing; intervention

References

  • opposite in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016

Middle French

Adjective

opposite m or f (plural opposites)

  1. opposite (located directly across from something else, or from each other)

Noun

opposite f (plural opposites)

  1. opposite side

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