Definition of oppose
1 : to place over against something so as to provide resistance, counterbalance, or contrast
2 : to place opposite or against something
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.
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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