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Meaning & Definition of Opposite in English

English

Opposite

/ɑpəzət/

noun

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

  • "To him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'"
    synonym:
  • antonym
  • ,
  • opposite word
  • ,
  • opposite

2. A relation of direct opposition

  • "We thought sue was older than bill but just the reverse was true"
    synonym:
  • reverse
  • ,
  • contrary
  • ,
  • opposite

3. A contestant that you are matched against

    synonym:
  • opposition
  • ,
  • opponent
  • ,
  • opposite

4. Something inverted in sequence or character or effect

  • "When the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"
    synonym:
  • inverse
  • ,
  • opposite

adjective

1. Being directly across from each other

  • Facing
  • "And i on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm"- longfellow
  • "We lived on opposite sides of the street"
  • "At opposite poles"
    synonym:
  • opposite

2. Of leaves etc

  • Growing in pairs on either side of a stem
  • "Opposite leaves"
    synonym:
  • opposite
  • ,
  • paired

3. Moving or facing away from each other

  • "Looking in opposite directions"
  • "They went in opposite directions"
    synonym:
  • opposite

4. The other one of a complementary pair

  • "The opposite sex"
  • "The two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"
    synonym:
  • opposite

5. Altogether different in nature or quality or significance

  • "The medicine's effect was opposite to that intended"
  • "It is said that opposite characters make a union happiest"- charles reade
    synonym:
  • opposite

6. Characterized by opposite extremes

  • Completely opposed
  • "In diametric contradiction to his claims"
  • "Diametrical (or opposite) points of view"
  • "Opposite meanings"
  • "Extreme and indefensible polar positions"
    synonym:
  • diametric
  • ,
  • diametrical
  • ,
  • opposite
  • ,
  • polar

adverb

1. Directly facing each other

  • "The 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"
    synonym:
  • face-to-face
  • ,
  • opposite

Examples of using

Smart people can pretend to be dumb. The opposite is more difficult.
This is the opposite of what I expected.
You should go in the opposite direction.