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English definition of “opposite”

opposite

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈɑp·ə·zɪt, -sɪt/ us  

opposite adjective [not gradable] (DIFFERENT)

completely different: We turned and walked in the opposite direction. People often believe the exact opposite of what you tell them. His efforts to intimidate his enemies produced just the opposite effect (= made them braver).

opposite

preposition, adjective, adverb [not gradable]  /ˈɑp·ə·zɪt, -sɪt/ us  

opposite preposition, adjective, adverb [not gradable] (FACING)

being in a position on the other side; facing: The two settlements are on opposite sides of the river. We’re in the building opposite the gas station. She asked the man sitting opposite if she could borrow his newspaper.
(Definition of opposite from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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