opposite[äp′ə zit, -sit]
This white rock is the opposite of the rocks around it.
- The definition of opposite is something or someone who is across from you or who is on a different side as you are.
- An example of opposite is the side of the street that you must cross to get to.
- An example of opposite is a person standing across from you.
- Opposite is someone or something that is the reverse of something else.
An example of opposite is black, as compared to white.
- 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
- 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
Origin of oppositeOld French ; from Classical Latin oppositus, past participle of opponere: see opponent
- facing; across from
- Theater in a complementary role (of the opposite sex) to: he played opposite her
- Placed or located directly across from something else or from each other: opposite sides of a building.
- Facing the other way; moving or tending away from each other: opposite directions.
- 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.
- 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.
- One that is opposite or contrary to another.
- An opponent or antagonist.
- An antonym.
- Across from or facing: parked the car opposite the bank.
- In a complementary dramatic role to: He played opposite her.
Origin of oppositeMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin oppositus, past participle of oppōnere, oppose; see oppose.
- Located directly across from something else, or from each other.
- She saw him walking on the opposite side of the road.
- Facing in the other direction.
- They were moving in opposite directions.
- Of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things.
- He has a lot of success with the opposite sex.
- Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant; antagonistic.
- In an opposite position.
- I was on my seat and she stood opposite.