opposite

  • 1 opposite — [ ɔpozit ] n. m. • 1325; adj. XIIIe; lat. oppositus « opposé » → opposé ♦ Vx Lieu, côté opposé; manière opposée. ♢ Mod. Loc. adv. À L OPPOSITE; loc. prép. À L OPPOSITE DE. Leurs maisons sont situées à l opposite l une de l autre, en face. ⇒ vis à …

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  • 2 opposite — Ⅰ. opposite UK US /ˈɒpəzɪt/ adjective ► completely different: opposite to sth »This year s conference is completely opposite to last year s, which was very poorly attended. »The new rates of pay were intended to increase staff morale, but they… …

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  • 3 opposite# — opposite n contradictory, contrary, antithesis, antipode, antonym (see under OPPOSITE adj) opposite adj Opposite, contradictory, contrary, antithetical, antipodal, antipodean, antonymous are comparable chiefly as applied to abstractions and as… …

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  • 4 opposite — op po*site ([o^]p p[ o]*z[i^]t or [o^]p p[ o]*s[i^]t), a. [F., fr. L. oppositus, p. p. of opponere. See {Opponent}.] 1. Placed over against; standing or situated over against or in front; facing; often with to; as, a house opposite to the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 opposite — Opposite. adj. de tout genre Qui est dans une situation opposée La rive opposite. le rivage opposite. Il s employe quelquefois au substantif, & alors il signifie Contraire. De ces deux hommes l un est doux, honneste & civil, l autre est brusque,… …

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  • 6 opposite — [äp′ə zit, äp′əsit] adj. [OFr < L oppositus, pp. of opponere: see OPPONENT] 1. set against, facing, or back to back; at the other end or side; in a contrary position or direction: often with to 2. characterized by hostility or resistance 3.… …

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  • 7 opposite — As an adjective denoting position, opposite is followed by to (Two people directly opposite to each other); it is also used with the same meaning as a preposition without to (Two people directly opposite each other). As a noun, opposite is… …

    Modern English usage

  • 8 Opposite — may refer to: Opposite (semantics), a word that means the opposite of a word Botany: a kind of arrangement of leaves Additive inverse, in mathematics, taking the negative ( opposite ) of a number Opposite category or dual category, in category… …

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  • 9 opposite — ► ADJECTIVE 1) situated on the other or further side; facing. 2) completely different. 3) being the other of a contrasted pair. 4) (of angles) between opposite sides of the intersection of two lines. ► NOUN ▪ an opposite person or thing. ► ADVERB …

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  • 10 Opposite — Op po*site, n. 1. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The opposites of this day s strife. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning; as, sweetness and its opposite; up is the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 11 opposite — [adj] unlike, conflicting; completely different adverse, antagonistic, antipodal, antipodean, antithetical, contradictory, contrapositive, contrary, contrasted, corresponding, counter, crosswise, diametric, diametrically opposed, different,… …

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  • 12 opposite — I adjective absonant, adversarius, adverse, antagonistic, antipodal, antipodean, antithetic, antithetical, clashing, conflicting, contradictive, contradictory, contrarius, contrary, contrasted, contrasting, converse, counter, diametrically… …

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  • 13 opposite — late 14c., placed on the other side of (something), from O.Fr. oposite (13c.), from L. oppositus, pp. of opponere set against (see OPPONENT (Cf. opponent)). Meaning contrary in nature or character is from 1570s …

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  • 14 opposite — op|po|site1 W2S2 [ˈɔpəzıt US ˈa:p ] prep 1.) especially BrE if one thing or person is opposite another, they are facing each other ▪ The people sitting opposite us looked very familiar. ▪ on the wall opposite the door see usage note ↑front1 2.)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 opposite — 1 preposition if one thing or person is opposite another, they are facing each other: The people sitting opposite us looked very familiar. | It s easy to find there s a church just opposite my house. 2 adjective 1 as different as possible from… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 opposite — oppositely, adv. oppositeness, n. /op euh zit, sit/, adj. 1. situated, placed, or lying face to face with something else or each other, or in corresponding positions with relation to an intervening line, space, or thing: opposite ends of a room.… …

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  • 17 opposite — op|po|site1 [ apəzıt ] adjective usually before noun *** 1. ) completely different: These proposals would have the opposite effect to the one intended. from the opposite direction: The car smashed into a truck coming from the opposite direction.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 opposite — I UK [ˈɒpəzɪt] / US [ˈɑpəzɪt] adjective [usually before noun] *** 1) across from or on the other side of someone or something On the opposite side of the road from the school was the church. A picture on the opposite page caught her attention.… …

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  • 19 opposite — [[t]ɒ̱pəzɪt[/t]] ♦♦♦ opposites 1) PREP If one thing is opposite another, it is on the other side of a space from it. Jennie had sat opposite her at breakfast. ADV: usu n ADV, ADV after v Opposite is also an adverb. He looked up at the buildings… …

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  • 20 opposite — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin oppositus, past participle of opponere Date: 14th century 1. a. set over against something that is at the other end or side of an intervening line or space < opposite interior …

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