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(1)   Of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem
"Opposite leaves"
(2)   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"
(3)   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
(4)   The other one of a complementary pair
"The opposite sex"
"The two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"
(5)   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)   Moving or facing away from each other
"Looking in opposite directions"
"They went in opposite directions"


(7)   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"


(8)   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'"
(9)   A contestant that you are matched against
(10)   A relation of direct opposition
"We thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
(11)   Something inverted in sequence or character or effect
"When the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"


  1. located directly across from something else, or from each other
    She saw him walking on the opposite side of the road.
  2. facing in the other direction
    They were moving in opposite directions.
  3. of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things
    He has a lot of success with the opposite sex.


  1. something opposite or contrary to another
  2. an opponent
  3. an antonym
    "Up" is the opposite of "down".
  4. an additive inverse


  1. in an opposite position
    I was on my seat and she stood opposite.


  1. facing, or across from
    He lives opposite the pub.
  2. in a complementary role to
    He played opposite Marilyn Monroe.