From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishoppositeop‧po‧site1 /ˈɒpəzət $ ˈɑːp-/ ●●●S2W2 preposition1OPPOSITE/FACE especially British English if one thing or person is opposite another, they are facing each otherThe people sitting opposite us looked very familiar.on the wall opposite the door ► Do not say that one thing is ‘opposite to’ or ‘opposite of’ another. Say that one thing is opposite another: There’s a car park opposite the hotel.2 →play/star/appear etc opposite somebody
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opposite• Put the pianoopposite the sofa.oppositeopposite2 ●●●S3W2 adjective [only before noun]1OPPOSITE/REVERSEas different as possible from something elseI thought the medicine would make him sleep, but it had the opposite effect.at the opposite end of the scale/spectrumtwo parties at opposite ends of the political spectrumAt the opposite extreme, Ashworth’s style is very simple and modern.Bob was quicker than Ed? It’s usually the opposite way round.opposite toa political philosophy that was opposite to everything she believed in2OPPOSITE/FACEthe opposite direction, way etc is directly away from someone or somethingShe turned and walked off in the opposite direction.But the sign was pointing the opposite way.3OPPOSITE/FACEthe opposite side, corner, edge etc of something is on the other side of the same area, often facing itThe store was on the opposite side of the street.the drawing on the opposite pageThey work at opposite ends of the country (=a long distance apart), so only see each other at weekends.4 →the opposite sex5 →somebody’s opposite number
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opposite• Getting angry with him didn't work, so I tried the oppositeapproach.• It is strange how two scientists studying the same problem can come to completely oppositeconclusions.• He saw the propellercontact something and then appear to rotate in the opposite direction as the engine stopped.• Raising interest rates to slow the economy may have the opposite effect.• The medicine was supposed to make him sleepy, but it had the opposite effect.• two words with oppositemeanings• My opposite numbers, you understand.• As shown in the figure on the oppositepage, these new elementsrepresent the results that each techniquetends to yield.• Margaret has very strong opinions, but she always tries to understand the opposite point of view.• During the summer there wasn't enough rain, but now we have the opposite problem.• The sun has come to a standstill, hours above the river and the oppositeshore.• McFarlane, who had no exactcounterpart on the opposite side, stood with Nitze and Max Kampelman.• We have oppositeviewpoints on almost everything.• We're good friends, but we have opposite views when it comes to politics.opposite to• a political philosophy that was opposite to everything she believed inthe opposite way• Instead of the government spending its resources for defense, we must turn it the opposite way.• On the other hand, the opposing approach used by social anthropologists and ethnographers fails as a solution in the opposite way.• She glowered in our direction and then lit out the opposite way.• Maggie's gone the opposite way from Tesco's; her heels are sinking into grass.• Not to mention the bumps and bruises on the centre's staff going the opposite way in a hurry.• We encountered no one besides a farmer on a tractor going the opposite way, outside Cordova.• But District 13 had done it in the opposite way: through strong, autocratic leadership.• And if the under-sheet is rotated the opposite way to the top one the patient need not even get out.on the opposite side of• Primo waves his hand at his own reflection and that of the emptyseaton the opposite side of the aisle.• Instead, the former World Championlunged at a white bishopon the opposite side of the board.• But the play was called back after Kofi Nartey was called for holding on the opposite side of the field.• The Show was held in the meadows on the higher ground on the opposite side of the lake.• Even heavytrucks and buses are prohibited; they are confined to the Shenandoah Valleyon the opposite side of the mountains.• Puddephat's rooms are on the opposite side of the quad from mine.• I was downstream and on the opposite side of the river.• It was parkedbeyond his flaton the opposite side of the road.• I think our hotel is on the opposite side of the street.oppositeopposite3 ●●○ noun [countable]1OPPOSITE/REVERSEa person or thing that is as different as possible from someone or something elseopposite ofWhat’s the opposite of ‘optimistic’?She’s quite shy, the exact opposite of Becky.The two men were complete opposites – Simon tall and fair, Clive short and dark.If anything, the opposite was true.Is it sensible to think of masculine/feminine as polar opposites (=exactly or completely opposite)?2 →not ... just/quite the opposite3 →opposites attractCOLLOCATIONS – Meanings 1 & 2adjectivesthe complete/total oppositeShe is the complete opposite of her sister.the exact/precise/direct oppositeMy own experience says that the exact opposite is true.the polar opposite of something (also polar opposites) (=used about two things, people etc that are completely opposite)These two viewpoints seem like polar opposites.Mum was the polar opposite of dear old Dad.phrasesthe opposite is the case/is truePeople believe the Sun moved around the Earth, but Copernicus showed that the opposite was the case.exactly/precisely the opposite (=completely different than what has been said)It looks simple, but it is exactly the opposite.the very opposite (=exactly the opposite)Exercise does not increase the appetite - in fact, the very opposite is true.just/quite the opposite (=exactly the opposite)He wasn’t laughing. Quite the opposite, in fact.verbsdo the oppositeWhatever I tell him to do, he does the opposite.
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opposite• The two sisters are completeopposites.• This may not always be so - indeed, the exact opposite may be the case.• Gloraida Malave, for example, was the exact opposite of Mones or Abukar.• Claire Chennault was the temperamentalopposite of Stilwell.• In Britain we have the opposite.• Indeed, on a scientificlevel, the opposite seems to be happening.• Charles Nagy was the opposite, seemingly ready to be assisted out of Camden Yards a half-dozen times.• All postures are mocked by their opposites.polar opposites• These federaldecisions are polar opposites.• First of all, is it sensible to think of masculine/feminine as polar opposites?• What may appear in their presentation as polar opposites are in realityshifting points on a continuum.• The two views seem like polar opposites, either-or propositions, thesis and antithesis.• In fact the two strains-puritanism and pentecostalism-seem in some way to be nearly polar opposites.• Eikmeyer's fundamentalinsight is that co-operation and non-co-operation are not simply polar opposites along a scale.• When you bring together two polar opposites, the classless one will always drag the other one down.oppositeopposite4 adverb especially British EnglishOPPOSITE/FACEin a position on the other side of the same areaHannah lives just opposite.