What does opposite mean?

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ˈɒp ə zɪt, -sɪtop·po·site

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. antonym, opposite word, oppositenoun

    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'"

  2. reverse, contrary, oppositenoun

    a relation of direct opposition

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

  3. opposition, opponent, oppositenoun

    a contestant that you are matched against

  4. inverse, oppositeadjective

    something inverted in sequence or character or effect

    "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"

  5. oppositeadjective

    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"

  6. opposite, pairedadjective

    of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem

    "opposite leaves"

  7. oppositeadjective

    moving or facing away from each other

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

  8. oppositeadjective

    the other one of a complementary pair

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

  9. oppositeadjective

    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

  10. diametric, diametrical, opposite, polaradverb

    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"

  11. face-to-face, oppositeadverb

    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"


  1. oppositeadjective

    Situated on the other end of an imaginary line passing through or near the middle of an intervening space or object; -- of one object with respect to another; as, the office is on the opposite side of town; -- also used both to describe two objects with respect to each other; as, the stores were on opposite ends of the mall.

  2. oppositeadjective

    Applied to the other of two things which are entirely different; other; as, the opposite sex; the opposite extreme; antonyms have opposite meanings.

  3. Oppositenoun

    That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning; as, sweetness and its opposite; up is the opposite of down.


  1. oppositenoun

    something opposite or contrary to another

  2. oppositenoun

    an opponent

  3. oppositenoun

    an antonym

    "Up" is the opposite of "down".

  4. oppositenoun

    an additive inverse

  5. oppositeadverb

    In an opposite position.

    I was on my seat and she stood opposite.

  6. oppositeadjective

    located directly across from something else, or from each other

    She saw him walking on the opposite side of the road.

  7. oppositeadjective

    facing in the other direction

    They were moving in opposite directions.

  8. oppositeadjective

    of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things

    He has a lot of success with the opposite sex.

  9. oppositepreposition

    facing, or across from

    He lives opposite the pub.

  10. oppositepreposition

    in a complementary role to

    He played opposite Marilyn Monroe.

  11. Etymology: From oppositus, perfect passive participle of oppono.


  1. Opposite

    In lexical semantics, opposites are words that lie in an inherently incompatible binary relationship as in the opposite pairs male : female, long : short, and precede : follow. The notion of incompatibility here refers to the fact that one word in an opposite pair entails that it is not the other pair member. For example, something that is long entails that it is not short. It is referred to as a 'binary' relationship because there are two members in a set of opposites. The relationship between opposites is known as opposition. A member of a pair of opposites can generally be determined by the question What is the opposite of X ? The term antonym is commonly taken to be synonymous with opposite, but antonym also has other more restricted meanings. Graded antonyms are word pairs whose meanings are opposite and which lie on a continuous spectrum. Complementary antonyms are word pairs whose meanings are opposite but whose meanings do not lie on a continuous spectrum. Relational antonyms are word pairs where opposite makes sense only in the context of the relationship between the two meanings. These more restricted meanings may not apply in all scholarly contexts, with Lyons defining antonym to mean gradable antonyms, and Crystal warns that antonymy and antonym should be regarded with care.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Opposite

    op′ō-zit, adj. placed over against: standing in front: situated on opposite sides: contrasted with: opposed to: of an entirely different nature.—n. that which is opposed or contrary: an opponent.—adv. Opp′ositely.—n. Opp′ositeness.—Be opposite with (Shak.), to be perverse and contradictory in dealing with. [Fr.,—L. oppositusob, against, ponĕre, positum, to place.]


  1. Opposite

    placed over against, or opposed to.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposite' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3222

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposite' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2261

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposite' in Nouns Frequency: #2783

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposite' in Adjectives Frequency: #422

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of opposite in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of opposite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of opposite in a Sentence

  1. President Donald Trump:

    Because I've heard the opposite, i have heard that they are loaded up with gowns now. We had empty shelves and empty nothing because it wasn't put there by the last administration.

  2. Phil Horton:

    This case is really about the rule of law. Can you take the law into your own hands or not? terrorism is the opposite of the rule of law.

  3. Matias Dominguez:

    Almost none, probably if you want to find something that is the opposite of Chile, you would have to say Lubbock, Texas. But it's been a great journey. Lubbock has been something new, totally new people and new culture. It broadens my mind and makes me learn from other cultures and people, and it's been awesome for me. I wouldn't change it for anything.

  4. David Fisman:

    One could change a case definition for sort of nefarious reasons to create the illusion that the epidemic is getting better. In this case, China did exactly the opposite, they broadened their case definition when they needed to, in order not to miss cases, and now that things are under control they're narrowing it down again to make it consistent to easier to keep track of what's really going on.

  5. Edward Albee:

    Good writers define reality bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.

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    having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
    • A. arbitrary
    • B. ectomorphic
    • C. epidemic
    • D. adscripted

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