opposite ( opposites plural )
1 prep If one thing is opposite another, it is on the other side of a space from it.
Jennie had sat opposite her at breakfast.
Opposite is also an adverb., adv usu n ADV, ADV after v
He looked up at the buildings opposite, but could see no open window...
2 adj The opposite side or part of something is the side or part that is furthest away from you.
...the opposite corner of the room.
3 adj Opposite is used to describe things of the same kind which are completely different in a particular way. For example, north and south are opposite directions, and winning and losing are opposite results in a game.
usu ADJ n, also v-link ADJ to n, v-link ADJ
All the cars driving in the opposite direction had their headlights on..., I should have written the notes in the opposite order...
4 n-count Theoppositeof someone or something is the person or thing that is most different from them. usu the N, oft the N of n Ritter was a very complex man but Marius was the opposite, a simple farmer..., Well, whatever he says you can bet he's thinking the opposite...
opposite number ( opposite numbers plural ) Your opposite number is a person who has the same job or rank as you, but works in a different department, firm, or organization. (JOURNALISM) n-count usu poss N
The French Defence Minister is to visit Japan later this month for talks with his Japanese opposite number...
If you are talking about men and refer to the opposite sex, you mean women. If you are talking about women and refer to the opposite sex, you mean men. n-sing the N
Body language can also be used to attract members of the opposite sex.