opposite

1. adjective /ˈɒpəzɪt,ˈɑpəsɪt/
a) located directly across from something else, or from each other

She saw him walking on the opposite side of the road.

b) facing in the other direction

They were moving in opposite directions.

2. noun /ˈɒpəzɪt,ˈɑpəsɪt/
a) something opposite or contrary to another

"Up" is the opposite of "down".

b) an opponent
3. adverb /ˈɒpəzɪt,ˈɑpəsɪt/
In an opposite position.

I was on my seat and she stood opposite.

4. preposition /ˈɒpəzɪt,ˈɑpəsɪt/
a) facing, or across from

He lives opposite the pub.

b) in a complementary role to

He played opposite Marilyn Monroe.


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  • opposite — Ⅰ. opposite UK US /ˈɒpəzɪt/ adjective ► completely different: opposite to sth »This year s conference is completely opposite to last year s, which was very poorly attended. »The new rates of pay were intended to increase staff morale, but they… …   Financial and business terms

  • opposite# — opposite n contradictory, contrary, antithesis, antipode, antonym (see under OPPOSITE adj) opposite adj Opposite, contradictory, contrary, antithetical, antipodal, antipodean, antonymous are comparable chiefly as applied to abstractions and as… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • opposite — op po*site ([o^]p p[ o]*z[i^]t or [o^]p p[ o]*s[i^]t), a. [F., fr. L. oppositus, p. p. of opponere. See {Opponent}.] 1. Placed over against; standing or situated over against or in front; facing; often with to; as, a house opposite to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • opposite — Opposite. adj. de tout genre Qui est dans une situation opposée La rive opposite. le rivage opposite. Il s employe quelquefois au substantif, & alors il signifie Contraire. De ces deux hommes l un est doux, honneste & civil, l autre est brusque,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • opposite — [äp′ə zit, äp′əsit] adj. [OFr < L oppositus, pp. of opponere: see OPPONENT] 1. set against, facing, or back to back; at the other end or side; in a contrary position or direction: often with to 2. characterized by hostility or resistance 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • opposite — As an adjective denoting position, opposite is followed by to (Two people directly opposite to each other); it is also used with the same meaning as a preposition without to (Two people directly opposite each other). As a noun, opposite is… …   Modern English usage

  • Opposite — may refer to: Opposite (semantics), a word that means the opposite of a word Botany: a kind of arrangement of leaves Additive inverse, in mathematics, taking the negative ( opposite ) of a number Opposite category or dual category, in category… …   Wikipedia

  • opposite — ► ADJECTIVE 1) situated on the other or further side; facing. 2) completely different. 3) being the other of a contrasted pair. 4) (of angles) between opposite sides of the intersection of two lines. ► NOUN ▪ an opposite person or thing. ► ADVERB …   English terms dictionary

  • Opposite — Op po*site, n. 1. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The opposites of this day s strife. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning; as, sweetness and its opposite; up is the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • opposite — [adj] unlike, conflicting; completely different adverse, antagonistic, antipodal, antipodean, antithetical, contradictory, contrapositive, contrary, contrasted, corresponding, counter, crosswise, diametric, diametrically opposed, different,… …   New thesaurus

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