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opponent

noun op·po·nent \ ə-ˈpō-nənt \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of opponent

borrowed from Medieval Latin oppōnent-, oppōnens "one who proposes something for discussion," from present participle of Latin oppōnere "to place as an obstacle, set in opposition to, argue in reply" — more at oppose


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opponent

adjective

Definition of opponent

2 :situated in front

Recent Examples of opponent from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of opponent

borrowed from Latin oppōnent-, oppōnens, present participle of oppōnere "to place as an obstacle, set in opposition to, argue in reply" — more at oppose


OPPONENT Defined for English Language Learners

opponent

noun

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

opponent

noun op·po·nent \ ə-ˈpō-nənt \

Definition of opponent for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

opponent

noun op·po·nent \ ə-ˈpō-nənt \

medical Definition of opponent

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


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