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English adjective: opposite

1. opposite being directly across from each other; facing

SamplesAnd I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm.
We lived on opposite sides of the street.
At opposite poles.



2. opposite of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem

SamplesOpposite leaves.


Domain categorybotany, phytology


3. opposite moving or facing away from each other

SamplesLooking in opposite directions.
They went in opposite directions.



4. opposite the other one of a complementary pair

SamplesThe opposite sex.
The two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors.



5. opposite altogether different in nature or quality or significance

SamplesThe medicine's effect was opposite to that intended.
It is said that opposite characters make a union happiest.



6. opposite characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed

SamplesIn diametric contradiction to his claims.
Diametrical (or opposite) points of view.
Opposite meanings.
Extreme and indefensible polar positions.

Synonymsdiametric, diametrical, polar



English noun: opposite

1. opposite (communication) a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other

SamplesTo him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'.

Synonymsantonym, opposite word

Broader (hypernym)word

Narrower (hyponym)direct antonym, indirect antonym

Antonymsequivalent word, synonym

2. opposite a relation of direct opposition

SamplesWe thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true.

Synonymscontrary, reverse

Broader (hypernym)oppositeness, opposition

3. opposite (person) a contestant that you are matched against

Synonymsopponent, opposition

Broader (hypernym)contestant

4. opposite something inverted in sequence or character or effect

SamplesWhen the direct approach failed he tried the inverse.


Broader (hypernym)oppositeness, opposition

Narrower (hyponym)additive inverse, multiplicative inverse, reciprocal

English adverb: opposite

1. opposite directly facing each other

SamplesThe two photographs lay face-to-face on the table.
Lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street.
They sat opposite at the table.


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