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opposite

opposite - Dictionary definition and meaning for word opposite

Definition
(noun) a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other
Synonyms : antonym , opposite word
Example Sentence
  • to him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'

Definition
(noun) a relation of direct opposition
Synonyms : contrary , reverse
Example Sentence
  • we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true

Definition
(noun) a contestant that you are matched against
Synonyms : opponent , opposition

Definition
(noun) something inverted in sequence or character or effect
Synonyms : inverse
Example Sentence
  • when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse

Definition
(adj) being directly across from each other; facing
Example Sentence
  • And 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

Definition
(adj) of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem
Synonyms : paired
Example Sentence
  • opposite leaves

Definition
(adj) moving or facing away from each other
Example Sentence
  • looking in opposite directions
  • they went in opposite directions

Definition
(adj) the other one of a complementary pair
Example Sentence
  • the opposite sex
  • the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors

Definition
(adj) altogether different in nature or quality or significance
Example Sentence
  • the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended
  • it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest

Definition
(adj) characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed
Synonyms : diametric , diametrical , polar
Example Sentence
  • in diametric contradiction to his claims
  • diametrical (or opposite) points of view
  • opposite meanings
  • extreme and indefensible polar positions

Definition
(adv) directly facing each other
Synonyms : face-to-face
Example Sentence
  • 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

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