Definition of oppose
1 : to place over against something so as to provide resistance, counterbalance, or contrast one military force opposed to another concreteness as opposed to abstraction — L. E. Lynch
2 : to place opposite or against something oppose the enemy oppose a congressional bill
3 : to offer resistance to
Examples of oppose in a Sentence
The governor opposes the death penalty.
The change is opposed by many of the town's business leaders.
The group opposes the mayor and is trying to find a candidate to run against her.
You've opposed every suggestion I've made.
He met the man who will oppose him in the next election.
These two teams opposed each other in last year's playoffs.
We're hoping we can get more senators to oppose the legislation.
Recent Examples of oppose from the Web
Shortly before the trial was supposed to begin, Edison officials in April announced the opposing sides agreed to negotiate a potential settlement.
Pruitt has repeatedly moved in recent months to block or delay environmental regulations opposed by corporate interests.
Being a subjective medium as opposed to being an objective journalistic thing—to me, that doesn't negate its truthfulness.
Attorneys for the state argued in their brief opposing the injunction that each provision the suit challenges is constitutionally permissible.
Electrodes lining the chamber create an electric field that pushes against the onrushing electrons and opposes their motion.
Groups across the political spectrum oppose the measure.
House Speaker Paul Ryan vehemently opposes this approach.
Time and again, the Brother Rice middle blocker used his 37-inch vertical leap to blitz the net, luring opposing blockers away from intended assignments and opening holes for his teammates to exploit.
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Synonym Discussion of oppose
OPPOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oppose for English Language Learners
: 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)
OPPOSE Defined for Kids
Definition of oppose for Students
1 : to disagree with or disapprove of They oppose the proposed changes.
2 : to compete against She will oppose the mayor in November's election.
3 : to provide contrast to Good opposes evil.
4 : to offer resistance to : try to stop or defeat The group will oppose the new law.
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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