HyperDic: opposite

English > 11 senses of the word opposite:
ADJECTIVEalloppositebeing directly across from each other
allopposite, pairedof leaves etc
alloppositemoving or facing away from each other
alloppositethe other one of a complementary pair
alloppositealtogether different in nature or quality or significance
allopposite, diametric, diametrical, polarcharacterized by opposite extremes / extremes
NOUNcommunicationopposite, antonym, opposite worda word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other
relationopposite, reverse, contrarya relation of direct opposition
person opposite, opposition, opponenta contestant that you are matched against
relationopposite, inversesomething inverted in sequence or character or effect
ADVERBallopposite, face-to-face, face to facedirectly facing each other
opposite > pronunciation
Soundsaa'pahzaht; aa'pzaht
Rhymesabbot ... zealot / Zealot: 372 rhymes with aht...
English > opposite: 11 senses > adjective 1
Meaningdirectly across from each other; facing.
Examples
  • "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"
Broaderothernot the same one or ones already mentioned or implied
Spanishantípoda, opuesto
Catalanantípoda, oposat
Adverbsoppositelyin an opposite position
English > opposite: 11 senses > adjective 2
MeaningOf leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem.
Example"opposite leaves"
Synonympaired
Categorybotany, phytologyThe branch of biology that studies plants
OppositealternateOf leaves and branches etc
English > opposite: 11 senses > adjective 3
MeaningMoving or facing away from each other.
Examples
  • "looking in opposite directions"
  • "they went in opposite directions"
Broaderothernot the same one or ones already mentioned or implied
Spanishopuesto
English > opposite: 11 senses > adjective 4
MeaningThe other one of a complementary pair.
Examples
  • "the opposite sex"
  • "the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"
Broaderothernot the same one or ones already mentioned or implied
Spanishopuesto
English > opposite: 11 senses > adjective 5
Meaningaltogether different in nature or quality or significance.
Examples
  • "the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended"
  • "it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest"- Charles Reade
BroaderdifferentUnlike in nature or quality or form or degree
Nounsoppositenessthe relation between opposed entities
English > opposite: 11 senses > adjective 6
MeaningCharacterized by opposite extremes / extremes; completely opposed.
Examples
  • "diametrical (or opposite) points of view"
  • "opposite meanings"
Synonymsdiametric, diametrical, polar
BroaderdifferentUnlike in nature or quality or form or degree
Spanishdiametral, opuesto
Nounsoppositenessthe relation between opposed entities
English > opposite: 11 senses > noun 1, communication
MeaningA word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other.
Synonymsantonym, opposite word
Narrowerdirect antonymantonyms that are commonly associated (e.g., 'wet' and 'dry')
indirect antonymantonyms whose opposition is mediated (e.g., the antonymy of 'wet' and 'parched' is mediated by the similarity of 'parched' to 'dry')
BroaderwordA unit of language that native speakers can identify
Oppositesynonym, equivalent wordTwo words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context
Spanishantónimo, contrario
Catalanantònim, contrari
English > opposite: 11 senses > noun 2, relation
MeaningA relation of direct opposition.
Synonymsreverse, contrary
Broaderopposition, oppositenessThe relation between opposed entities
Spanishcontrario, inverso, opuesto
Catalancontrari
English > opposite: 11 senses > noun 3, person
MeaningA contestant that you are matched against.
Synonymsopposition, opponent
BroadercontestantA person who participates in competitions
Spanishcontraria, contrario, oponente, oposición
Catalancontrària, contrari, oponent
English > opposite: 11 senses > noun 4, relation
MeaningSomething inverted in sequence or character or effect.
Synonyminverse
Narroweradditive inverse(mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose sum is zero
multiplicative inverse, reciprocal(mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1
Broaderopposition, oppositenessThe relation between opposed entities
Spanishcontrario, inverso, opuesto
Catalancontrari, inversió
English > opposite: 11 senses > adverb 1
Meaningdirectly facing each other.
Example "they sat opposite at the table"
Synonymsface-to-face, face to face

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