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Definition 1: a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where opposite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • to him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'

Synonyms for opposite in the sense of this definition

(opposite is a kind of ...) a unit of language that native speakers can identify

"words are the blocks from which sentences are made" "he hardly said ten words all morning"

(... is a kind of opposite ) antonyms that are commonly associated (e.g., `wet' and `dry')

(... is a kind of opposite ) antonyms whose opposition is mediated (e.g., the antonymy of `wet' and `parched' is mediated by the similarity of `parched' to `dry')

Definition 2: a contestant that you are matched against - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for opposite in the sense of this definition

(opposite is a kind of ...) a person who participates in competitions

Definition 3: a relation of direct opposition - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where opposite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true

Synonyms for opposite in the sense of this definition

(opposite is a kind of ...) the relation between opposed entities

Definition 4: something inverted in sequence or character or effect - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where opposite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse

Synonyms for opposite in the sense of this definition

(opposite is a kind of ...) the relation between opposed entities

(... is a kind of opposite ) (mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose sum is zero; the additive inverse of -5 is +5

(... is a kind of opposite ) (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

Definition 5: of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where opposite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • opposite leaves

Synonyms for opposite in the sense of this definition

(opposite belongs to category ...) the branch of biology that studies plants

Definition 6: directly facing each other - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where opposite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for opposite in the sense of this definition

Definition 7: characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where opposite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in diametric contradiction to his claims
  • diametrical (or opposite) points of view
  • opposite meanings
  • extreme and indefensible polar positions

Synonyms for opposite in the sense of this definition

(opposite is similar to ...) unlike in nature or quality or form or degree

"took different approaches to the problem" "came to a different conclusion" "different parts of the country" "on different sides of the issue" "this meeting was different from the earlier one"

Definition 8: the other one of a complementary pair - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where opposite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the opposite sex
  • the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors

(opposite is similar to ...) not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied

"today isn't any other day" "the construction of highways and other public works" "he asked for other employment" "any other person would tell the truth" "his other books are still in storage" "then we looked at the other house" "hearing was good in his other ear" "the other sex" "she lived on the other side of the street from me" "went in the other direction"

Definition 9: being directly across from each other; facing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where opposite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm
  • we lived on opposite sides of the street
  • at opposite poles

(opposite is similar to ...) not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied

"today isn't any other day" "the construction of highways and other public works" "he asked for other employment" "any other person would tell the truth" "his other books are still in storage" "then we looked at the other house" "hearing was good in his other ear" "the other sex" "she lived on the other side of the street from me" "went in the other direction"

Definition 10: altogether different in nature or quality or significance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where opposite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended
  • it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest

(opposite is similar to ...) unlike in nature or quality or form or degree

"took different approaches to the problem" "came to a different conclusion" "different parts of the country" "on different sides of the issue" "this meeting was different from the earlier one"

Definition 11: moving or facing away from each other - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where opposite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • looking in opposite directions
  • they went in opposite directions

(opposite is similar to ...) not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied

"today isn't any other day" "the construction of highways and other public works" "he asked for other employment" "any other person would tell the truth" "his other books are still in storage" "then we looked at the other house" "hearing was good in his other ear" "the other sex" "she lived on the other side of the street from me" "went in the other direction"

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