Opposite Definition

ŏpə-zĭt
opposites
adjective
Placed or located directly across from something else or from each other.
Opposite sides of a building.
American Heritage
Set against, facing, or back to back; at the other end or side; in a contrary position or direction.
Webster's New World
Facing the other way; moving or tending away from each other.
Opposite directions.
American Heritage
Characterized by hostility or resistance.
Webster's New World
Being the other of two complementary or mutually exclusive things.
The opposite sex; an opposite role to the lead in the play.
American Heritage
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noun
opposites
Anything opposed or opposite.
Webster's New World
An opponent or antagonist.
American Heritage
"Up" is the opposite of "down".
Wiktionary
Opposite is someone or something that is the reverse of something else.
An example of opposite is black, as compared to white.
YourDictionary
(mathematics) An additive inverse.
Wiktionary
Antonyms:
synonymsamenessalikenesssimilaritylikenesssamea similar thinga related thingalike
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adverb
On opposing sides or in an opposite position.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
face-to-face
preposition
Facing; across from.
Webster's New World
In a complementary role (of the opposite sex) to.
He played opposite her.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Opposite

Noun

Singular:
opposite
Plural:
opposites

Origin of Opposite

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin oppositus past participle of oppōnere oppose oppose

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Latin oppositus, perfect passive participle of I oppose. Compare oppose.

    From Wiktionary

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