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verb op·pose \ə-ˈpōz\

: to disagree with or disapprove of (something or someone)

: to compete against (someone) : to be an opponent of (someone)

: to try to stop or defeat (something)


Full Definition of OPPOSE

transitive verb
:  to place over against something so as to provide resistance, counterbalance, or contrast
:  to place opposite or against something
:  to offer resistance to
op·pos·er noun

Examples of OPPOSE

  1. The governor opposes the death penalty.
  2. The change is opposed by many of the town's business leaders.
  3. The group opposes the mayor and is trying to find a candidate to run against her.
  4. You've opposed every suggestion I've made.
  5. He met the man who will oppose him in the next election.
  6. These two teams opposed each other in last year's playoffs.
  7. We're hoping we can get more senators to oppose the legislation.

Origin of OPPOSE

French opposer, from Latin opponere (perfect indicative opposui), from ob- against + ponere to place — more at ob-, position
First Known Use: 1579

Synonym Discussion of OPPOSE

oppose, combat, resist, withstand mean to set oneself against someone or something. oppose can apply to any conflict, from mere objection to bitter hostility or warfare <opposed the plan>. combat stresses the forceful or urgent countering of something <combat disease>. resist implies an overt recognition of a hostile or threatening force and a positive effort to counteract or repel it <resisting temptation>. withstand suggests a more passive resistance <trying to withstand peer pressure>.
OPPOSE Defined for Kids


verb op·pose \ə-ˈpōz\

Definition of OPPOSE for Kids

:  to disagree with or disapprove of <They oppose the proposed changes.>
:  to compete against <She will oppose the mayor in November's election.>
:  to provide contrast to <Good opposes evil.>
:  to offer resistance to :  try to stop or defeat <The group will oppose the new law.>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb op·pose \ə-ˈpōz\

Medical Definition of OPPOSE

:  to place the ball of (a first digit) against the corresponding part of a second digit of the same hand or foot <some monkeys oppose the big toe>


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