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Opposite words – Antonyms Part A

Opposite words – Antonyms Part A

Opposite words – Antonyms Part A:- Opposite words are very important word type to use in almost any form of writing. Though, many people do not actually understand what an antonym is. In this section we will read Opposite words – Antonyms Part A started with letters a, b and c.

This guide will take us through what an antonym is, how it is used in writing, and give us some of the reasons why learning antonyms is important in any type of writing.

Basically antonyms are just words with opposite meanings to one another. Synonyms are words with meanings that are the same as one another.

Below we will take a look at these different types of antonyms. We will explain what they are, and provide some examples to make it clearer.


opposite words – Antonyms examples:


Better – Worse

Right – Left

Small – Big

Rich – Poor

Night – Day

Arrive – Leave

Junior – Senior

Smart – Stupid


No.-1.Opposite words – Antonyms started with A


A lot —— A little

We have spent a lot on the children’s education.

Fortunately, I had a little time to spare.


Abate —— Increase

Steps are to be taken to abate pollution.

The population has increased from 1.3 million to 1.7 million.


Able —— Unable


You must be able to speak French for this job.

She was unable to hide her excitement.

Abortive —— Successful


During the war of  the Greeks had risen in an abortive rebellion, promptly crushed by the Turks.

They were successful in winning the contract.

Above —— Below


I heard a strange noise coming from the room above.

I could hear voices in the courtyard below my window.

Abridge —— Expand


She has been asked to abridge the novel for radio.

The waist expands to fit all sizes.


Examples of Antonyms

Opposite words – Antonyms Part A:-

Absent —— Present


Students who are regularly absent from school.

The gases present in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Abundant —— Scarce


Fish are abundant in the lake.

Food was often scarce in the winter.

Accept —— Decline


Rick accepted her offer of coffee.

His school reports said that he never declines a challenge.

Accept —— Refuse


He accepted the invitation to stay with us.

The chairman refused to answer any more questions.

Accurate —— Inaccurate


The brochure tries to give a fair and accurate description of each hotel.

A lot of what has been written about him is inaccurate.

Achieve —— Fail


He had finally achieved success.

She failed to get into art college.

Add —— Subtract


If you add all these amounts together you get a huge figure.

If you subtract 6 from 9, you get 3.

Adjacent —— Distant


We stayed in adjacent rooms.

Stars are distant from our galaxy.

Admire —— Detest


Examples of Antonyms:


I really admire your enthusiasm.

The two men detested each other.

Admit —— Deny


A quarter of all workers admit to taking time off when they are not ill.

The department denies responsibility for what occurred.

Admit —— Reject


She admits to being strict with her children.

The prime minister rejected any idea of reforming the system.

Adore —— Hate


She adores working with children.

I hate to see you unhappy.

Advance —— Retreat


Examples of Antonyms:


The troops were finally given the order to advance.

The army was forced to retreat after suffering heavy losses.

Advantage —— Disadvantage


Her experience meant that she had a big advantage over her opponent.

The disadvantage of the material is that it fades in strong sunlight.

Against —— For


Mr. Howard has declared that he is against all forms of racism.

Everybody is always for peace.

Agree —— Disagree


Opposite words examples

Opposite words – Antonyms Part A:-

If she felt he was right, she would agree with him.

He is tolerant of those who disagree with him.

Alive —— Dead


It was a bad accident – they’re lucky to be alive.

Two men were shot dead by terrorists.

All —— None


Have you done all your homework?

We saw several houses but none we really liked.

Allow —— Forbid


My parents wouldn’t allow me to go to the party.

He was forbidden to leave the house, as a punishment.

Ally —— Enemy


Examples of Antonyms:


Ridley was one of the Queen’s closest allies.

He was accused of collaboration with the enemy.

Alone —— Together


She lives alone.

We’ve very much enjoyed working together.

Always —— Never


I’ve always wanted to go to Paris.

He’s never been to Australia.

Amateur —— Professional


Mickelson won his first major golf tournament while still an amateur.

You need a professional to sort out your finances.

Amuse —— Bore


Examples of Antonyms:


He made funny faces to amuse the children.

His blue eyes seemed to bore into her.

Ancient —— Modern


So according to history it has been found from the most ancient times, and so it is to our own day.

They are the youngest children in modern times to face murder charges.

Annoy —— Soothe


She annoyed him with her stupid questions.

She made a cup of tea to soothe her nerves.

Answer —— Question


Examples of opposite words:


The short answer is that it can’t be done.

They asked me quite a lot of difficult questions about my job.

Apparent —— Obscure


The difference in quality was immediately apparent.

I found her lecture very obscure.

Arrive —— Leave


He arrived late as usual.

My baby gets upset when I leave the room.

Arrive —— Depart


Examples of opposite words

Opposite words – Antonyms Part A:

What time does the plane arrive in New York?

Flights by Air Europe depart Gatwick on Tuesdays.

Arrogant —— Humble


He was unbearably arrogant.

Taylor’s students describe him as a humble and modest man.

Ascend —— Descend


Antonyms examples:


The plane ascended rapidly.

Our plane started to descend.

Ask —— Answer


We’ll have to ask someone the way to the station.

I repeated the question, but she didn’t answer.

Ask —— Tell


I asked him where he lived.

Jack had to go, but he didn’t tell me why.

Attack —— Defend


There have been several attacks on foreigners recently.

We need to defend against military aggression.

Attractive —— Repulsive


She is an attractive woman.

What a repulsive man!

Awake —— Asleep


Examples of opposite words:


She was still only half awake when I brought her a cup of coffee.

Kelly was asleep on the sofa.

Awkward —— Graceful


She may appear stiff and perhaps awkward.

Her father was a quiet man with graceful manners.

List of opposite words with examples that start with B.


Back —— Front


I found some old photos at the back of the drawer.

There’s a garden at the front of the house.

Bad —— Good


I have some bad news for you.

The train service is not very good.

Bare —— Covered


The room was completely bare except for a bed against the wall.

The walls were covered with pictures.

Beautiful —— Ugly


Opposite words examples:


The bride looked beautiful in that dress.

He was short, nearsighted, ugly and exceptionally awkward.

Before —— After


I saw her a few days before she died.

I go swimming every day after work.

Begin —— End



In the third year, students begin the study of classical Chinese.

The speaker ended by suggesting some topics for discussion.


Examples of antonyms


Beginning —— Conclusion


There’s a short poem at the beginning of every chapter.

At the conclusion of the meeting, little progress had been made.

Behind —— In front of


I turned to speak to the person standing behind me.

She spends all day sitting in front of her computer.

Best —— Worst


He won the best actor award.

This is the worst recession for fifty years.

Better —— Worse


Opposites examples:


There must be a better way to do this.

The violence was worse than we expected.

Big —— Little


They belong to the rich man who lives in the big white house there among the trees.

He was quite an old little man and his head was long and entirely bald.

Birth —— Death


What’s your date of birth?

Cancer is the leading cause of death in women.

Bitter —— Sweet


Black coffee leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

This tea is too sweet.

Black —— White


Matthew had thick black hair, but Natalie’s was blonde.

His face is white, and he seems very weak.

Blame —— Praise


Marie still blames herself for Patrick’s death.

The mayor praised the rescue teams for their courage.

Bless —— Curse


Antonyms examples:


God bless you!

Elsa cursed herself for believing his lies.

Blunt —— Sharp


Sharpen all your blunt knives.

Make sure you use a good sharp knife.

Body —— Soul


Your body temperature is higher in the daytime than at night.

There was a feeling of restlessness deep in her soul.

Bold —— Timid


My aunt was a bold determined woman.

I was a timid child.

Boring —— Interesting


I trudged through a boring day, knowing I’d return to an empty apartment as Betsy was off to Los Angeles for the entire week.

Dr. Bell told me many interesting things about his work.

Bottom —— Top

Opposites Words


Examples of opposites:


I waited for them at the bottom of the hill.

She was standing at the top of the stairs.

Boundless —— Limited


Today, the opportunities for leaders are boundless, but so are the challenges.

My knowledge of the business is limited.

Boy —— Girl


The boys wanted to play football.

I’ve known Mollie ever since I was a little girl.

Brave —— Cowardly


It was brave of you to speak in front of all those people.

He was very cowardly because he did not tell that truth.

Break —— Repair


I had to break a window to get into the house.

It was too late to repair the damage done to their relationship.

Brief —— Long


We stopped by Alice’s house for a brief visit.

He’s been gone a long time.

Bright —— Dull


Examples of opposites:



The weather was bright and sunny.

Outside the weather was hazy and dull.

Brighten —— Fade


The morning sunshine brightened up the room.

The sun had faded the curtains.

Bring —— Remove


Robert asked the waiter to bring him the check.

Reference books may not be removed from the library.

Brother —— Sister


My younger brother is a doctor.

My older sister is a nurse.

Busy —— Idle


Opposite words examples:


Mr. Haynes is busy with a customer at the moment.

The workers have been idle for the last six months.

Buy —— Sell


The money will be used to buy equipment for the school.

If you offer him another hundred, I think he’ll sell.

List of opposite words with examples that start with C.


Calm —— Windy


It is a calm day.

It’s too windy for a picnic.

Capable —— Incapable


All the staff at the nursing home seemed very capable.

He seemed incapable of understanding how she felt.


Antonyms examples


Captive —— Free


His son had been taken captive during the raid.

He knew he could be free in as little as three years.

Capture —— Release


The robbery was captured on police video cameras.

Police arrested several men, who were later released.

Careful —— Careless


He was being very careful with the coffee so as not to spill it.

He’s careless with his glasses and has lost three pairs.

Cautious —— Careless


Antonyms examples:


Keller is cautious about making predictions for the success of the program.

It was careless of him to leave the door unlocked.

Center —— Edge


His goal is to turn Stanford into a center for environmental policy.

Billy sat on the edge of the bed.

Change —— Remain


Susan has changed a lot since I last saw her.

Despite the job losses, Parker remained as manager.

Cheap —— Expensive


Examples of opposites:


Property is cheaper in Spain than here.

Petrol is becoming more and more expensive.

Cheerful —— Sad


She’s feeling more cheerful today.

I was sad about the friends I was leaving behind.

Child —— Adult


Antonyms examples:


I was very happy as a child.

Some children find it difficult to talk to adults.

Chilly —— Warm


Despite the chilly autumn afternoon, she was wearing a thin cotton dress.

I hope we get some warm weather soon.

Clean —— Dirty


As usual, she left her room clean and tidy before going to school.

She circled the bedroom, picking up dirty clothes.

Clever —— Stupid


Lucy is quite clever and does well at school.

That was a stupid thing to say.

Clever —— Foolish


She is a clever girl.

I was young and foolish at the time.

Close —— Open


Examples of opposites


Would you mind if I closed the window?

Mr. Chen opened the car door for his wife.

Cold —— Hot


Let’s get in out of this cold wind.

In dry gourds, they were served a hot tea made from the ground leaves of something Bordeaux called the lip fern.

Combine —— Separate


A number of factors have combined to create this difficult situation.

Those suffering from infectious diseases were separated from the other patients.

Comfort —— Discomfort


All our sports shoes are designed for comfort and performance.

There can be no question of her discomfort.

Complete —— Incomplete


Work on the new building is nearly complete.

Unfortunately, I do not have the information because our records are incomplete.

Complex —— Simple


Examples of antonyms:


It was a very complex relationship between two complex people.

I’m sure there’s a perfectly simple explanation.

Compliment —— Insult


Being compared to Abba is a great compliment.

His comments were seen as an insult to the president.

Conceal —— Reveal


Examples of antonyms:


She tried to conceal the fact that she was pregnant.

He may be prosecuted for revealing secrets about the security agency.

Continue —— Interrupt


Sheila continued to work after she had her baby.

My studies were interrupted by the war.

Cool —— Warm


The evening air was cool.

I hope we get some warm weather soon.

Copy —— Original


Examples In Detail


We have six copies of the movie to give away.

He copied paintings of famous artists and passed them off as originals.

Correct —— Incorrect


If my calculations are correct, we’re about ten miles from Exeter.

The information you gave us was incorrect.

Correct —— Wrong


You are correct, the Missouri is the longest river in the US.

Your calculations must be wrong.

Countryman —— Foreigner


Opposites examples:


He didn’t look like a farmer, yet he looked a countryman.

Tom felt that people were suspicious of him because he was a foreigner.

Courage —— Cowardice


Sue showed great courage throughout her illness.

She was ashamed of her cowardice.

Crazy —— Sane


The neighbors must think we’re crazy.

Of course he isn’t mad. He’s as sane as you or I.

Create —— Destroy


Examples of antonyms:


The new factory is expected to create more than 400 new jobs.

The scandal destroyed Simmons and ended his political career.

Cruel —— Kind


The prisoner was a hard cruel man.

She’s a very kind and generous person.

Customer —— Supplier


Examples of antonyms:


We aim to offer good value and service to all our customers.

You will need to be able to deal with both customers and suppliers.



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