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
While the government allowed the first non-Christians to sit in Parliament, pious scientists vehemently opposed Darwinian evolution.
Seventy-three percent opposed giving states the option to let insurers charge some people higher premiums because of their medical history.
Councilman Dabouze Antoine opposed; councilwoman Latresa Wells abstained.
The country's marijuana plan was widely applauded globally and seen as going beyond marijuana legislation in the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington, but polls showed that most Uruguayans opposed it.
For those opposed to large primal cuts of cow, consider the sea bream, which is cleverly deboned yet served whole with charred halves of lemon and orange that beg to be given a liberal squeeze.
Additionally, there are at least nine Republican senators on record in 2017 as opposing an Obamacare repeal without a replacement being ready.
Pro-life members of the Trump administration, including Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, have vocally opposed federal funding for birth control.
Who opposes the protest: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and large telecom companies, such as Verizon and Comcast, want to relax net neutrality rules.
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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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