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Dictionary definition for: Opposite

1. (n) two words that express opposing concepts; "to him the opposite of gay was depressed"

2. (s) 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"

3. (r) 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"

4. (n) a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"

5. (a) of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem; "opposite leaves"

6. (n) a contestant that you are matched against

7. (s) moving or facing away from each other; "looking in opposite directions" "they went in opposite directions"

8. (n) something inverted in sequence or character or effect; "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"

9. (s) the other one of a complementary pair; "the opposite sex" "the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"

10. (s) 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

11. (s) 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"

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