oppose

verb
op·​pose | \ ə-ˈpōz How to pronounce oppose (audio) \
opposed; opposing

Definition of oppose

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from oppose

opposer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
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The latter scenario is unlikely given that a majority of MPs opposed a no-deal Brexit in previous votes. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "Britain's crazy Brexit crisis is about to get crazier," 3 Sep. 2019 It is caught between opposing monsters: the commercial and communitarian imperative. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Public Works Finds the Heroism in ‘Hercules’," 2 Sep. 2019 Adams and his supporting cast receivers should strike fear in every opposing defense. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Chicago Bears should be the favorites to win NFC North this year," 2 Sep. 2019 Francisco, a Lyft driver who didn’t want to give his last name, (pink shirt) holds his own press conference opposing Assembly Bill 5 after Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez held a news conference supporting the bill in San Diego on August 29, 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Big tech or big labor? 2020 Democrats line up with unions," 1 Sep. 2019 Over 160 industry groups signed a letter opposing Trump's tariffs. Fortune, "Trump’s Trade War with China is about to Hit Home," 31 Aug. 2019 The ability to feign another’s identity with voice is easier than ever with new audio tools and increased reliance on call centers that offer services (as opposed to going to the bank and talking to a teller face-to-face, say). Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A new kind of cybercrime uses AI and your voice against you," 31 Aug. 2019 The United States was among those that opposed the new restrictions. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Wildlife Trade Conference Imposes Near-Total Ban on Sending Wild African Elephants to Zoos," 30 Aug. 2019 Polls show that a majority of Americans oppose the wall either in full or as a priority. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Great Lie of the Right-Wing Populists," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of oppose

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oppose

Middle English opposen "to question, examine, accuse" (as past participle opposed "opposite, contrary"), borrowed from Anglo-French opposer "to counter, argue in opposition, question, interrogate," re-formation, with poser "to place, pose entry 1," of Latin oppōnere (perfect opposuī, past participle oppositus) "to place (over or against), place as an obstacle, set in opposition to, argue in reply," from ob- ob- + pōnere "to place, set" — more at position entry 1

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oppose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of oppose

: 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

verb
op·​pose | \ ə-ˈpōz How to pronounce oppose (audio) \
opposed; opposing

Kids Definition of oppose

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.
op·​pose | \ ə-ˈpōz How to pronounce oppose (audio) \
opposed; opposing

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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