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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [op-uh-zit, -sit]
    • /ˈɒp ə zɪt, -sɪt/
    • /ˈɒp.ə.zɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [op-uh-zit, -sit]
    • /ˈɒp ə zɪt, -sɪt/

Definitions of opposites word

  • adjective opposites 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. 1
  • adjective opposites 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. 1
  • adjective opposites being the other of two related or corresponding things: friendly with many members of the opposite sex. 1
  • adjective opposites Botany. situated on diametrically opposed sides of an axis, as leaves when there are two on one node. having one organ vertically above another; superimposed. 1
  • adjective opposites adverse or inimical. 1
  • noun opposites a person or thing that is opposite or contrary. 1

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Origin of opposites

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin oppositus, past participle of oppōnere to set against. See oppose, -ite2

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Parts of speech for Opposites


opposites popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

opposites usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for opposites

adjective opposites

noun opposites

  • converses — Third-person singular simple present indicative form of converse.
  • counterparts — a person or thing closely resembling another, especially in function: Our president is the counterpart of your prime minister.
  • antitheses — opposition; contrast: the antithesis of right and wrong.
  • antipodes — People sometimes refer to Australia and New Zealand as the Antipodes.
  • antonyms — a word opposite in meaning to another. Fast is an antonym of slow. Compare synonym (def 1).

Antonyms for opposites

adjective opposites

  • likes — Digital Technology. (sometimes initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a feature used to like specific website content: a Like button; like boxes.

noun opposites

  • agreements — Plural form of agreement.
  • similarities — the state of being similar; likeness; resemblance.
  • likenesses — a representation, picture, or image, especially a portrait: to draw a good likeness of Churchill.

Top questions with opposites

  • when opposites attract?
  • why do opposites attract?

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