1. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: other
2. [ adjective ] (botany) of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem
Synonyms: paired

"opposite leaves"

Related terms: alternate botany
3. [ adjective ] moving or facing away from each other

"looking in opposite directions" "they went in opposite directions"

Related terms: other
4. [ adjective ] the other one of a complementary pair

"the opposite sex" "the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"

Related terms: other
5. [ adjective ] 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

Related terms: different
6. [ noun ] (linguistics) two words that express opposing concepts
Synonyms: opposite_word antonym

"to him the opposite of gay was depressed"

Related terms: word indirect_antonym direct_antonym
7. [ noun ] (sport,games) a contestant that you are matched against
Synonyms: opponent opposition
Related terms: contestant pit
8. [ noun ] a relation of direct opposition
Synonyms: contrary reverse

"we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"

Related terms: opposition revoke
9. [ adjective ] characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed
Synonyms: polar diametrical diametric

"in diametric contradiction to his claims" "diametrical (or opposite) points of view" "opposite meanings" "extreme and indefensible polar positions"

Related terms: different
10. [ adverb ] directly facing each other
Synonyms: face-to-face

"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"

11. [ pronoun ] preposition, facing
Synonyms: versus vs. opposed_to against with in_exchange_for across_from
12. [ pronoun ] preposition
13. [ noun ] (math) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2; the inverse of 7 is 1/7
Synonyms: inverse reciprocal
Related terms: opposition reciprocality multiplicative_inverse additive_inverse
14. [ noun ] something inverted in sequence or character or effect
Synonyms: inverse

"when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"

Related terms: opposition
Similar spelling:   oppositely