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opponent

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noun op·po·nent \ə-ˈpō-nənt\

Simple Definition of opponent

  • : a person, team, group, etc., that is competing against another in a contest

  • : a person, group, etc., that is against something (such as an action, law, or system) : someone or something that does not want something to exist, be done, etc.

Full Definition of opponent

  1. 1 :  one that takes an opposite position (as in a debate, contest, or conflict)

  2. 2 :  a muscle that opposes or counteracts and limits the action of another

Examples of opponent

  1. She is a formidable opponent in the race for senator.

  2. The team's opponents have not lost a game this season.

  3. He knocked out his opponent in the third round.



Origin of opponent

Latin opponent-, opponens, present participle of opponere


First Known Use: 1560

Rhymes with opponent


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opponent

adjective op·po·nent

Definition of opponent

  1. 1 :  antagonistic, opposing

  2. 2 :  situated in front



1647

First Known Use of opponent

1647


OPPONENT Defined for Kids

opponent

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noun op·po·nent \ə-ˈpō-nənt\

Definition of opponent

  1. :  a person or thing that takes an opposite position in a contest, fight, or controversy




Medical Dictionary

opponent

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noun op·po·nent \ə-ˈpō-nənt\

Medical Definition of opponent

  1. :  a muscle that opposes or counteracts and limits the action of another





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