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
A Pew Research Center poll taken in February has 62 percent of Americans opposing a wall.
John Walke, who directs the Natural Resources Defense Council’s clean air project, has been on the opposing side of Pruitt in federal court.
Besides Musk, a few other members of Trump's advisory council had signed letters opposing withdrawal from the agreement.
Nearly 1,000 residents signed petitions opposing the original Prospect Cove plan.
State wanted to remove Noriega by force, while the Defense Department opposed that.
Islamists oppose idol worship and consider the Lady Justice statue anti-Islamic.
Corbyn’s argument that U.K. involvement in foreign wars has increased the terror threat may strike a chord with the many voters who opposed Tony Blair’s support for the Iraq war, and David Cameron’s push for military intervention in Syria.
Others, like Jeffrey T. Sammons — a history professor at New York University who formed the group Golfers Opposing Bigotry — are trying to pressure professional golf associations to cut their ties with the Trump family courses.
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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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