opposite[äp′ə zit, -sit]
- 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.
This white rock is the opposite of the rocks around it.
- 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.