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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Falling short of this narrow majority could force Netanyahu into a unity government with the rival Blue and White party, which opposes giving him immunity, and could even lead to his ouster. Washington Post, "Fighting for survival: Keys to Netanyahu’s return to power," 18 Sep. 2019 Bennet has separated himself from the more progressive wing of the Democratic candidates by opposing Medicare for All plans. NBC News, "Michael Bennet targets Iowa Caucus-goers with new TV ad," 17 Sep. 2019 Tuesday will not be the first time that Pressley publicly opposes Kavanaugh’s fitness to sit on the highest court in the country. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Rep. Ayanna Pressley To File Resolution For Kavanaugh Impeachment," 17 Sep. 2019 Except for the proclamation opposing the war criminal’s marble replica, everything was thwarted by the United States and a small contingent of its allies. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019 Israel's leader felt abandoned by Obama's stewardship of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which Israel strongly opposed. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "It's Israel's election but here's why Donald Trump is the 'King of Israel'," 16 Sep. 2019 Kimberly McCullough, policy director of the ACLU of Oregon, said afterward that the organization opposes the changes Prozanski drafted. oregonlive, "Death penalty bill’s lead backer presses ahead with efforts to ‘fix’ it in possible special session," 16 Sep. 2019 Called Frida Mom, the line includes soothing items like instant ice maxi pads, healing foam (as opposed to spray), witch hazel cooling pad liners, mesh underwear for vaginal and cesarean section deliveries and more. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "All the Details on Amy Schumer's 4-Month-Old Son Gene's Sleek Bouncer — and Cute Stuffed Frog!," 16 Sep. 2019 The jet sweep will also be something that opposing defensive coordinators will have to prepare for all season. BostonGlobe.com, "Every catch from Antonio Brown's Patriots debut | Week 2," 16 Sep. 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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