oppositely

opposite

[op-uh-zit, -sit]
adjective
1.
situated, placed, or lying face to face with something else or each other, or in corresponding positions with relation to an intervening line, space, or thing: opposite ends of a room.
2.
contrary or radically different in some respect common to both, as in nature, qualities, direction, result, or significance; opposed: opposite sides in a controversy; opposite directions.
3.
being the other of two related or corresponding things: friendly with many members of the opposite sex.
4.
Botany.
a.
situated on diametrically opposed sides of an axis, as leaves when there are two on one node.
b.
having one organ vertically above another; superimposed.
5.
adverse or inimical.
noun
6.
a person or thing that is opposite or contrary.
7.
an antonym.
8.
Archaic. an opponent; antagonist.
preposition
9.
across from; facing: The guest of honor sat opposite me at the banquet.
10.
in a role parallel or complementary to: He has played opposite many leading ladies.
adverb
11.
on opposite sides.
12.
on the opposite side: I was at one end and she sat opposite.
13.
to the opposite side; in the opposite direction: I went to the left balcony, and he went opposite.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin oppositus, past participle of oppōnere to set against. See oppose, -ite2

oppositely, adverb
oppositeness, noun
subopposite, adjective
suboppositely, adverb
suboppositeness, noun


1. facing. 2. incompatible, irreconcilable, unlike, differing. Opposite, contrary, reverse imply that two things differ from each other in such a way as to indicate a definite kind of relationship. Opposite suggests symmetrical antithesis in position, action, or character: opposite ends of a pole, sides of a road, views. Contrary sometimes adds to opposite the idea of conflict or antagonism: contrary statements, beliefs. Reverse suggests something that faces or moves in the opposite direction: the reverse side of a coin; a reverse gear.


2. same, like.
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opposite (ˈɒpəzɪt, -sɪt)
 
adj
1.  situated or being on the other side or at each side of something between: their houses were at opposite ends of the street
2.  facing or going in contrary directions: opposite ways
3.  diametrically different in character, tendency, belief, etc: opposite views
4.  botany
 a.  (of leaves, flowers, etc) arranged in pairs on either side of the stem
 b.  (of parts of a flower) arranged opposite the middle of another part
5.  maths
 a.  (of two vertices or sides in an even-sided polygon) separated by the same number of vertices or sides in both a clockwise and anticlockwise direction
 b.  opp (of a side in a triangle) facing a specified angle
 
n
6.  a person or thing that is opposite; antithesis
7.  maths the side facing a specified angle in a right-angled triangle
8.  a rare word for opponent
 
prep
9.  Also: opposite to facing; corresponding to (something on the other side of a division): the house opposite ours
10.  as a co-star with: she played opposite Olivier in ``Hamlet''
 
adv
11.  on opposite sides: she lives opposite
 
'oppositely
 
adv
 
'oppositeness
 
n

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opposite
1391, "placed on the other side of (something)," from O.Fr. oposite (13c.), from L. oppositus, pp. of opponere "set against" (see opponent). Meaning "contrary in nature or character" is from 1580.
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Arranged as one of a pair on either side of a stem or twig. Maple and ash trees have opposite leaves. Compare alternate.
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