opposite

Opposite means “other." If you’re walking to school and realize you forgot your math homework, turn around and walk in the opposite direction to go back and get it.

You say "yes," but I say "no": we're on opposite sides of the debate. Opposite can also mean "across," as in a house that’s on the opposite side of the street from yours. The word has Latin roots, from op, “in front of,” and ponere, “to put” — think about putting something up against something else. Related words are opponent, "the person you’re up against in a game," and oppose, "to disagree."

Definitions of opposite
  1. adjective
    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”
    Synonyms:
    other
    not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied
  2. adjective
    moving or facing away from each other
    “looking in opposite directions”
    “they went in opposite directions”
    Synonyms:
    other
    not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied
  3. adverb
    directly facing each other
    “they sat opposite at the table”
    synonyms: face-to-face
  4. adjective
    characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed
    opposite meanings”
    synonyms: diametric, diametrical, polar
    different
    unlike in nature, quality, form, or degree
  5. adjective
    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”
    Synonyms:
    different
    unlike in nature, quality, form, or degree
  6. adjective
    the other one of a complementary pair
    “the opposite sex”
    “the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors”
    Synonyms:
    other
    not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied
  7. adjective
    of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem
    opposite leaves”
    synonyms: paired
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    Antonyms:
    alternate
    of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired
  8. noun
    a relation of direct opposition
    synonyms: contrary, reverse
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    type of:
    oppositeness, opposition
    the relation between opposed entities
  9. noun
    something inverted in sequence or character or effect
    synonyms: inverse
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    types:
    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
    type of:
    oppositeness, opposition
    the relation between opposed entities
  10. noun
    a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other
    synonyms: antonym, opposite word
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    Antonyms:
    equivalent word, synonym
    two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context
    types:
    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')
    type of:
    word
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify
  11. noun
    a contestant that you are matched against
    synonyms: opponent, opposition
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    type of:
    contestant
    a person who participates in competitions
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