• (British) IPA: /ˈɒpəzɪt/, /ˈɒpəsɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɑp(ə)sɪt/, /ˈɑpəzɪt/

opposite (not comparable)

  1. Located directly across from something else, or from each other.
    She saw him walking on the opposite side of the road.
  2. (botany) Of leaves and flowers, positioned directly across from each other on a stem.
  3. Facing in the other direction.
    They were moving in opposite directions.
  4. Of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things.
    He is attracted to the opposite sex.
  5. Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant; antagonistic.
    • 1697, “Dedication”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 403869432 ↗:
      Novels, by which the reader is misled into another sort of pieasure opposite to that which is designed in an epick poem.
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
      , Book III
      Particles of speech have divers, and sometimes almost opposite, significations.
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opposite (plural opposites)

  1. Something opposite or contrary to something else.
  2. An opponent.
  3. An antonym.
    "Up" is the opposite of "down".
  4. (mathematics) An additive inverse.
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opposite (not comparable)

  1. In an opposite position.
    I was on my seat and she stood opposite.
Translations Preposition
  1. Facing, or across from.
    He lives opposite the pub.
    • 1906, Stanley J[ohn] Weyman, chapter I, in Chippinge Borough, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co., OCLC 580270828 ↗, page 01 ↗:
      It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. […]. He halted opposite the Privy Gardens, and, with his face turned skywards, listened until the sound of the Tower guns smote again on the ear and dispelled his doubts.
  2. In a complementary role to.
    He played opposite Marilyn Monroe.
  3. (television) On another channel at the same time.
    The game show Just Men! aired opposite The Young and the Restless on CBS.

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