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 opposite opposite

adj

  • () of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem  ( paired, opposite )
    of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem
     opposite leaves
    opposite leaves
  • noun

  • () a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other  ( antonym, opposite word, opposite )
    a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other
     to him the antonym of gay' was depressed'
    to him the antonym of gay' was depressed'
  • () a contestant that you are matched against  ( opposite, opposition, opponent )
    a contestant that you are matched against
  • () a relation of direct opposition  ( opposite, reverse, contrary )
    a relation of direct opposition
     we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true
    we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true
  • something inverted in sequence or character or effect  ( inverse, opposite )
    something inverted in sequence or character or effect
     when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse
    when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse
  • adv

  • directly facing each other  ( face to face, face-to-face, opposite )
    directly facing each other
     the two photographs lay face-to-face on the table
    the two photographs lay face-to-face on the table
     lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street
    lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street
     they sat opposite at the table
    they sat opposite at the table
  • adj

  • () being directly across from each other; facing  ( opposite )
    being directly across from each other; facing
     And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm
    And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm
     we lived on opposite sides of the street
    we lived on opposite sides of the street
     at opposite poles
    at opposite poles
  • () moving or facing away from each other  ( opposite )
    moving or facing away from each other
     looking in opposite directions
    looking in opposite directions
     they went in opposite directions
    they went in opposite directions
  • () altogether different in nature or quality or significance  ( opposite )
    altogether different in nature or quality or significance
     the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended
    the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended
     it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest
    it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest
  • () the other one of a complementary pair  ( opposite )
    the other one of a complementary pair
     the opposite sex
    the opposite sex
     the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors
    the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors
  • () characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed  ( diametric, diametrical, opposite, polar )
    characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed
     in diametric contradiction to his claims
    in diametric contradiction to his claims
     diametrical (or opposite) points of view
    diametrical (or opposite) points of view
     opposite meanings
    opposite meanings
     extreme and indefensible polar positions
    extreme and indefensible polar positions