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OPPOSITE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does opposite mean? 

OPPOSITE (noun)
  The noun OPPOSITE has 4 senses:

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
2. a relation of direct opposition
3. a contestant that you are matched against
4. something inverted in sequence or character or effect

  Familiarity information: OPPOSITE used as a noun is uncommon.


OPPOSITE (adjective)
  The adjective OPPOSITE has 6 senses:

1. being directly across from each other; facing
2. of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem
3. moving or facing away from each other
4. the other one of a complementary pair
5. altogether different in nature or quality or significance
6. characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed

  Familiarity information: OPPOSITE used as an adjective is common.


OPPOSITE (adverb)
  The adverb OPPOSITE has 1 sense:

1. directly facing each other

  Familiarity information: OPPOSITE used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OPPOSITE (noun)


Sense 1opposite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

antonym; opposite; opposite word

Context example:

to him the antonym of 'gay' was 'depressed'

Hypernyms ("opposite" is a kind of...):

word (a unit of language that native speakers can identify)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "opposite"):

direct antonym (antonyms that are commonly associated (e.g., 'wet' and 'dry'))

indirect antonym (antonyms whose opposition is mediated (e.g., the antonymy of 'wet' and 'parched' is mediated by the similarity of 'parched' to 'dry'))


Sense 2opposite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A relation of direct opposition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

reverse; contrary; opposite

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("opposite" is a kind of...):

oppositeness; opposition (the relation between opposed entities)


Sense 3opposite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A contestant that you are matched against

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

opponent; opposite; opposition

Hypernyms ("opposite" is a kind of...):

contestant (a person who participates in competitions)


Sense 4opposite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something inverted in sequence or character or effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

inverse; opposite

Context example:

when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse

Hypernyms ("opposite" is a kind of...):

oppositeness; opposition (the relation between opposed entities)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "opposite"):

additive inverse ((mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose sum is zero; the additive inverse of -5 is +5)

multiplicative inverse; reciprocal ((mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2; the multiplicative inverse of 7 is 1/7)


OPPOSITE (adjective)


Sense 1opposite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being directly across from each other; facing

Context examples:

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

Similar:

other (not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied)


Sense 2opposite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

paired; opposite

Context example:

opposite leaves

Domain category:

botany; phytology (the branch of biology that studies plants)

Antonym:

alternate (of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired)


Sense 3opposite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Moving or facing away from each other

Context examples:

looking in opposite directions / they went in opposite directions

Similar:

other (not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied)


Sense 4opposite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The other one of a complementary pair

Context examples:

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

Similar:

other (not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied)


Sense 5opposite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Altogether different in nature or quality or significance

Context examples:

the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended / it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest

Similar:

different (unlike in nature or quality or form or degree)


Sense 6opposite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed

Synonyms:

diametric; diametrical; polar; opposite

Context examples:

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

Similar:

different (unlike in nature or quality or form or degree)


OPPOSITE (adverb)


Sense 1opposite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Directly facing each other

Synonyms:

opposite; face-to-face

Context examples:

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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