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.