Definition of oppose
- one military force opposed to another
- concreteness as opposed to abstraction
- —L. E. Lynch
- oppose the enemy
- oppose a congressional bill
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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First Known Use: 1579See Words from the same year
: 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)
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