Definition of opposite adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒpəzɪt//
    , BrE//ˈɒpəsɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːpəzət//
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  1. 1  [only before noun] on the other side of a particular area from somebody/something and usually facing them Answers are given on the opposite page. We live further down on the opposite side of the road. It's not easy having a relationship when you live at opposite ends of the country.
  2. 2  (used after the noun) facing the speaker or somebody/something that has been mentioned I could see smoke coming from the windows of the house directly opposite. He sat down in the chair opposite.
  3. 3  [usually before noun] as different as possible from something I watched them leave and then drove off in the opposite direction. She tried calming him down but it seemed to be having the opposite effect. students at opposite ends of the ability range
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin oppositus, past participle of opponere ‘set against’.Idioms (informal) a person who does the same job as you in another organization The Foreign Secretary is currently having talks with his opposite number in the White House. the other sex He found it difficult to talk to members of the opposite sex.
    pull in different/opposite directions
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    to have different aims that cannot be achieved together without causing problems
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: opposite