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
In either case, you would get the opposite of the correct direction.
Tatum let Ennis set his screen and cut to the opposite side of the court, and Tatum barely moved.
The departing stars form two long tails — each hundreds of light-years long — streaming out of opposite sides of the cluster.Milky Way’s tidal forces are shredding a nearby star cluster | Ken Croswell | August 18, 2020 | Science News For Students
Do three reps total, then switch your stance so your opposite leg is forward.Prevent Overuse Climbing Injuries with These Exercises | Hayden Carpenter | August 8, 2020 | Outside Online
At the opposite end of the spectrum are teams that had terrible 60-game stretches totally uncharacteristic of the rest of their season.Bad Teams May Be Posing As Good Teams In A 60-Game Baseball Season | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | August 7, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Any list of his conspicuous qualities turns out to be a recitation of opposites.
Shaked spoke in these generalities initially—referring to two sets of people, two polar opposites on a pendulum.Knesset Member Walks Back On Facebook Post Calling Palestinian Kids ‘Little Snakes’ | Gideon Resnick | July 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Really, though, the American Atheist convention in Salt Lake City is not a clash of opposites.
For one thing, it sounds like it has to do “dark matter,” but they are almost complete opposites.Using Black Holes to Measure Dark Energy, Like a BOSS | Matthew R. Francis | April 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In classic TV style, this pair of oddballs proves that opposites really do attract.‘Sleepy Hollow’ Is TV’s Craziest, Most Over-the-Top New Show ... And You Should Watch It | Amy Zimmerman | October 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ever since the world began, the inexplicable attraction which opposites have for each other has been admitted.The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue
The extreme ends or the heads of the needles must be opposites, the head of one negative and the head of the other positive.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
They rose at flies which were the exact opposites of each other in size, character, and colour.Angling Sketches | Andrew Lang
Benefits and wrongs are opposites; a slave can bestow a benefit upon his master, if he can receive a wrong from his master.L. Annaeus Seneca On Benefits | Seneca
But by some mysterious law of opposites, as she went down the pail went up.The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives | Elizabeth Strong Worthington
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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