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opposite

adjective uk   /ˈɒp.ə.zɪt/ us    /ˈɑː.pə-/

opposite adjective (DIFFERENT)

B2 completely different: You'd never know they're sisters - they're completely opposite to each other in every way. Police attempts to calm the violence had the opposite effect.Opposites

opposite adjective (FACING)

B1 being in a position on the other side; facing: My brother and I live on opposite sides of London. The map on the opposite page shows where these birds commonly breed. They sat at opposite ends of the table (to/from each other), refusing to talk.Through, across, opposite and against facing the speaker or stated person or thing: If you want to buy tickets, you need to go to the counter opposite. Who owns that shop opposite (= on the other side of the road)?Through, across, opposite and against

opposite

preposition uk   /ˈɒp.ə.zɪt/ us    /ˈɑː.pə-/
A2 in a position facing someone or something but on the other side: We're in the building opposite the government offices. They sat opposite each other. Put a tick opposite (= next to) the answer that you think is correct.Through, across, opposite and against act/play/star opposite sb to act a part in a film or play with someone as a partner: Katharine Hepburn played opposite Henry Fonda in many films.Casting, roles and scripts

opposite

noun [C often singular] uk   /ˈɒp.ə.zɪt/ us    /ˈɑː.pə-/
B1 something or someone that is completely different from another person or thing: My father is a very calm person, but my mother is just the opposite. She's turned out to be the exact opposite of what everyone expected. The opposite of 'fast' is 'slow'. People say opposites attract.Opposites

opposite

adverb uk   /ˈɒp.ə.zɪt/ us    /ˈɑː.pə-/
B1 in a position facing someone or something but on the other side: She asked the man sitting opposite whether he'd mind if she opened the window. The people who live opposite (= on the other side of the road) are always making a lot of noise.Through, across, opposite and against
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