Definition of opponent
1 : one that takes an opposite position (as in a debate, contest, or conflict) She is a formidable opponent in the race for senator. opponents of the war
2 : a muscle that opposes or counteracts and limits the action of another
Examples of opponent in a Sentence
She is a formidable opponent in the race for senator.
The team's opponents have not lost a game this season.
He knocked out his opponent in the third round.
Recent Examples of opponent from the Web
Moore, by contrast, remained a steadfast Trump opponent throughout the campaign.
The Guards lost two long-distance opponents in San Diego Warner and Lone Pine.
Trump talked with a few GOP opponents – including Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul – but failed to sway them.
Some employed the ancient debating trick of trying to defuse an opponent’s arguments by ruling them old-hat, or out-of-order.
The line would cut through southern Lake and Porter counties, and opponents in all three states have said they were concerned about loss of farmland, drainage woes and public safety.
Three of Arkansas’ four districts lacked Democratic opponents.
Rumors abound that the AKP is arming its own cadres out of fear of another coup attempt like the one thwarted last summer, as Erdogan and his party pulverize his opponents through purges, detentions, and arrests.
The conference was hosted by 67-year-old Danie de Wet, along with his sons Johann and Peter, genial giants who must have inspired terror in opponents during their rugby days.
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Origin and Etymology of opponent
Latin opponent-, opponens, present participle of opponere
First Known Use: 1553See Words from the same year
OPPONENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of opponent for English Language Learners
: 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.
OPPONENT Defined for Kids
Definition of opponent for Students
: a person or thing that takes an opposite position in a contest, fight, or controversy
Medical Definition of opponent
: a muscle that opposes or counteracts and limits the action of another
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