situated, placed, or lying face to face with something else or each other, or in corresponding positions with relation to an intervening line, space, or thing: opposite ends of a room.
contrary or radically different in some respect common to both, as in nature, qualities, direction, result, or significance; opposed: opposite sides in a controversy;opposite directions.
being the other of two related or corresponding things: Most of my family lives on the opposite coast, so I only see them a few times a year.
adverse or inimical.
a person or thing that is opposite or contrary.
Archaic. an opponent; antagonist.
across from; facing: The guest of honor sat opposite me at the banquet.
in a role parallel or complementary to: He has played opposite many leading ladies.
on opposite sides.
on the opposite side: I was at one end and she sat opposite.
to the opposite side; in the opposite direction: I went to the left balcony, and he went opposite.
- op·po·site·ly, adverb
- op·po·site·ness, noun
- sub·op·po·site, adjective
- sub·op·po·site·ly, adverb
- sub·op·po·site·ness, noun
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How to use opposite in a sentence
The trajectory of the Sun, meanwhile, is the opposite of Chicago’s journey.It’s Win Or Go Home This Week In The WNBA Playoffs | Howard Megdal | September 15, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Though this may seem like yet another effort to “get tough” on China, it does just the opposite.Trump’s TikTok ban isn’t ‘tough on China’—it’s actually quite the opposite | jakemeth | September 9, 2020 | Fortune
Unfortunately, federal officials are doing just the opposite.Gutting this federal program could undermine Americans’ confidence in a COVID vaccine | jakemeth | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
Steve Levitt tries to learn more about this one-time academic and Hollywood non-conformist, who is both very similar to him and also quite his opposite.“I Started Crying When I Realized How Beautiful the Universe Is” | People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 2: Mayim Bialik | Steven D. Levitt | September 5, 2020 | Freakonomics
It had the opposite effect after Republicans protested the move.Sacramento Report: 3 Takeaways From a Wild Legislative Session | Sara Libby | September 4, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The media tend to frame situations like this as aberrations, but in this case, quite the opposite is the truth.
But quite unlike the schmuck, and this is the fun part, they never run up the white flag; indeed quite the opposite.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game | Michael Tomasky | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Couple walked towards the opposite end of the dungeon, where she previously played with Destiny.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau | Ian Frisch | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As Rathod noted, SIX is not supposed to be merely the opposite of ALEC.
I'm very interested in Liv Ullmann for the woman's part, opposite Sean … yes … oh, I see then.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When we speak against one capital vice, we ought to speak against its opposite; the middle betwixt both is the point for virtue.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
Sam sat opposite him in perfect silence, waiting, with eager curiosity, for the termination of the scene.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
The opposite of these two methods of rote learning is my method, which injects an active process between each pair of words.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
A method of Vacuity pure and simple—the exact opposite of Mental Assimilation.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The characteristics of the different forms are well shown in the table on opposite page, modified from Hill.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for 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
(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
(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
maths the side facing a specified angle in a right-angled triangle
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
- oppositely, adverb
- oppositeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for opposite
Arranged as one of a pair on either side of a stem or twig. Maple and ash trees have opposite leaves. Compare alternate.
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