opposite Definition

  • 1completely different
  • 2being directly across from each other
  • 3a person or thing that is completely different from another

Using opposite: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "opposite" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    My opinion is opposite to yours.

  • Example

    The store is located on the opposite side of the street.

  • Example

    He is the opposite of his brother in every way.

  • Example

    The two teams have opposite strategies for winning the game.

opposite Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for opposite

Idioms Using opposite

  • two things that seem different but are actually related and dependent on each other


    Freedom and responsibility are opposite sides of the same coin.

  • people who are very different are often attracted to each other


    They say that opposite poles attract, and that's certainly true in our case.

  • something that is completely false


    His statement was the opposite of the truth.

Phrases with opposite

  • a person holding the same position as another person but in a different organization or country


    The CEO of our company met with his opposite number at the rival firm.

  • the gender that is different from one's own


    He has always found it easier to talk to the opposite sex.

  • something that is completely different from something else


    Her personality is the exact opposite of her sister's.

Origins of opposite

from Latin 'oppositus', meaning 'set against'


Summary: opposite in Brief

The term 'opposite' [ˈɒpəzɪt] refers to being completely different or directly across from each other. It can be used as an adjective or a noun, and describes a person or thing that is completely different from another. Examples include 'My opinion is opposite to yours,' and 'The store is located on the opposite side of the street.' Phrases like 'opposite sex' and idioms like 'opposite poles attract' further illustrate the concept of difference.

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