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Meaning of “opposite” in the English Dictionary

"opposite" in British English

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oppositeadjective

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.

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  • opposite adjective (FACING)

B1 being in a ​position on the other ​side; ​facing: My ​brother and I ​live on opposite ​sides of the ​city. The ​map on the opposite ​pageshows where these ​birdscommonlybreed. They ​sat at opposite ​ends of the ​table (to/from each other), ​refusing to ​talk. facing the ​speaker or ​statedperson or thing: If you ​want to ​buytickets, you need to go to the ​counter opposite. Who ​owns that ​house opposite (= on the other ​side of the ​road)?

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oppositepreposition

uk   /ˈɒp.ə.zɪt/  us   /ˈɑː.pə-/
A2 in a ​positionfacing someone or something but on the other ​side: We're in the ​building opposite the ​governmentoffices. They ​sat opposite each other. Put a ​tick opposite (= next to) the ​answer that you ​think is ​correct.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.

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oppositenoun [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 ​calmperson, 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.

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oppositeadverb

uk   /ˈɒp.ə.zɪt/  us   /ˈɑː.pə-/
B1 in a ​positionfacing 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.

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(Definition of opposite from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"opposite" in American English

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oppositeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈɑp·ə·zɪt, -sɪt/
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 ​enemiesproduced just the opposite ​effect (= made them ​braver).

oppositepreposition, adjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈɑp·ə·zɪt, -sɪt/
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 ​gasstation. She ​asked the man ​sitting opposite if she could ​borrow his ​newspaper.
(Definition of opposite from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"opposite" in Business English

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oppositeadjective

uk   us   /ˈɒpəzɪt/
completely different: opposite to sth This year's ​conference is completely opposite to last year's, which was very poorly ​attended. The new ​rates of ​pay were intended to ​increasestaffmorale, but they had the opposite ​effect.
in a ​position on the other ​side to something: the opposite side/end/edge to sth We're on the opposite ​side of the city to the ​airport.
facing you or facing someone or something: If you want to ​buytickets, you need to go to the ​counter opposite.

oppositepreposition

uk   us   /ˈɒpəzɪt/
in a ​position facing someone or something but on the other ​side: We're in the ​building opposite the ​governmentoffices. They sat opposite each other.

oppositenoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈɒpəzɪt/
something or someone that is completely different from another ​person or thing: the opposite of sth/sb She tends to do the opposite of what ​people expect. The new ​CEO is the exact opposite of his ​predecessor. We ​thoughtnegotiations would be ​easy, but they were just the opposite.

oppositeadverb

uk   us   /ˈɒpəzɪt/
in a ​position facing someone or something but on the other ​side: The ​offices will be on this ​side of the road, and the ​warehouse will be ​built opposite.
(Definition of opposite from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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