Definition of Opposite in English :

Define Opposite in English

Opposite meaning in English

Meaning of Opposite in English

Pronunciation of Opposite in English

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see synonyms of opposite


1. antonym, opposite, opposite word

a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other

Example Sentences:
'to him the antonym of gay' was depressed''

2. contrary, opposite, reverse

a relation of direct opposition

Example Sentences:
'we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true'

3. opponent, opposite, opposition

a contestant that you are matched against

4. inverse, opposite

something inverted in sequence or character or effect

Example Sentences:
'when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse'


5. opposite

being directly across from each other; facing

Example Sentences:
'And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm'
'we lived on opposite sides of the street'
'at opposite poles'

6. opposite, paired

of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem

Example Sentences:
'opposite leaves'

7. opposite

moving or facing away from each other

Example Sentences:
'looking in opposite directions'
'they went in opposite directions'

8. opposite

the other one of a complementary pair

Example Sentences:
'the opposite sex'
'the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors'

9. opposite

altogether different in nature or quality or significance

Example Sentences:
'the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended'
'it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest'

10. diametric, diametrical, opposite, polar

characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed

Example Sentences:
'in diametric contradiction to his claims'
'diametrical (or opposite) points of view'
'opposite meanings'
'extreme and indefensible polar positions'


11. face-to-face, opposite

directly facing each other

Example Sentences:
'the two photographs lay face-to-face on the table'
'lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street'
'they sat opposite at the table'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of opposite
situated or being on the other side or at each side of something between
their houses were at opposite ends of the street
facing or going in contrary directions
opposite ways
diametrically different in character, tendency, belief, etc
opposite views
4. botany
(of leaves, flowers, etc) arranged in pairs on either side of the stem
(of parts of a flower) arranged opposite the middle of another part
5. mathematics
(of two vertices or sides in an even-sided polygon) separated by the same number of vertices or sides in both a clockwise and anticlockwise direction
(of a side in a triangle) facing a specified angle
. Abbreviation: opp
a person or thing that is opposite; antithesis
7. mathematics
the side facing a specified angle in a right-angled triangle
8.  a rare word for opponent
9. Also: opposite to
facing; corresponding to (something on the other side of a division)
the house opposite ours
as a co-star with
she played opposite Olivier in "Hamlet"
on opposite sides
she lives opposite

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see synonyms of opposite
set against, facing, or back to back; at the other end or side; in a contrary position or direction
often with to
characterized by hostility or resistance
different in every way; exactly contrary; antithetical
4.  Botany
growing in pairs, but separated by a stem
having one part on the same radius as another, as a stamen in front of a petal
anything opposed or opposite
on opposing sides or in an opposite position
facing; across from
8.  Theatre
in a complementary role (of the opposite sex) to
he played opposite her

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of opposite
1. Placed or located directly across from something else or from each other: opposite sides of a building.
2. Facing the other way; moving or tending away from each other: opposite directions.
3. Being the other of two complementary or mutually exclusive things: the opposite sex; an opposite role to the lead in the play.
a. Altogether different, as in nature, quality, or significance: The effect of the medication was opposite to that intended.
b. Sharply contrasting; antithetical: had opposite views on the subject.
5. Botany
a. Growing in pairs on either side of a stem: opposite leaves.
b. Arranged on the same radius as another part, as stamens and petals.
1. One that is opposite or contrary to another.
2. An opponent or antagonist.
3. An antonym.
In an opposite position: They sat opposite at the table.
1. Across from or facing: parked the car opposite the bank.
2. In a complementary dramatic role to: He played opposite her.

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