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opposite - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'opposite' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Opposite [ a.]
- Placed over against; standing or situated over against or in front; facing; -- often with to; as, a house opposite to the Exchange.
- Applied to the other of two things which are entirely different; other; as, the opposite sex; the opposite extreme.
- Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant; antagonistic.
- Set over against each other, but separated by the whole diameter of the stem, as two leaves at the same node.
- Placed directly in front of another part or organ, as a stamen which stands before a petal.
2 . Opposite [ n.]
- One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist.
- That which is opposed or contrary; as, sweetness and its opposite.

Meaning of 'opposite' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . opposite [ n]
Meaning (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
Example in sentence:
  • to him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'
Meaning (2):
- a relation of direct opposition
Example in sentence:
  • we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true
Meaning (3):
- something inverted in sequence or character or effect
Example in sentence:
  • when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse
4 . opposite [ a]
Meaning (4):
- of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem
Example in sentence:
  • opposite leaves
5 . opposite [ r]
Meaning (5):
- directly facing each other
Example in sentence:
  • lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street;
  • the two photographs lay face-to-face on the table;
  • they sat opposite at the table
6 . opposite [ s]
Meaning (6):
- being directly across from each other; facing
Example in sentence:
  • And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm;
  • at opposite poles;
  • we lived on opposite sides of the street
Meaning (7):
- characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed
Example in sentence:
  • diametrical (or opposite) points of view;
  • extreme and indefensible polar positions;
  • in diametric contradiction to his claims;
  • opposite meanings
Meaning (8):
- altogether different in nature or quality or significance
Example in sentence:
  • it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest;
  • the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended
Meaning (9):
- moving or facing away from each other
Example in sentence:
  • looking in opposite directions;
  • they went in opposite directions
Meaning (10):
- the other one of a complementary pair
Example in sentence:
  • the opposite sex;
  • the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors