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op•po•site



Pronunciation: (op'u-zit, -sit), [key]
adj.
1. situated, placed, or lying face to face with something else or each other, or in corresponding positions with relation to an intervening line, space, or thing: opposite ends of a room.
2. contrary or radically different in some respect common to both, as in nature, qualities, direction, result, or significance; opposed: opposite sides in a controversy; opposite directions.
3. Bot.
a. situated on diametrically opposed sides of an axis, as leaves when there are two on one node.
b. having one organ vertically above another; superimposed.
4. adverse or inimical.

n.
1. a person or thing that is opposite or contrary.
2. an antonym.
3. Archaic.an opponent; antagonist.

prep.
1. across from; facing: The guest of honor sat opposite me at the banquet.
2. in a role parallel or complementary to: He has played opposite many leading ladies.

adv.
1. on opposite sides.
2. on the opposite side: I was at one end and she sat opposite.
3. to the opposite side; in the opposite direction: I went to the left balcony, and he went opposite.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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