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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Recent Examples on the Web

Some disability advocates oppose workshops, arguing they’re exploitative, but others worry phasing them out entirely will leave no work options at all for some people with disabilities. Nyssa Kruse, Indianapolis Star, "Changes coming for Hoosiers with disabilities after state advances task force recommendations," 5 July 2019 The Block the Mobile Bayway Toll has amassed over 18,000 followers, and a large portion of them adamantly oppose tolls of any kind. al.com, "Mobile mayor confident ALDOT will ‘reduce tolls’," 4 July 2019 Bayside will oppose District 16 champion Post Oak Little League in a 7:30 p.m. start time, after the champions from District 25 and 14 square off at 6. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bayside 10s use 17.2 runs per game to motor to District 14 Little League title," 1 July 2019 One such club, for some reason, is Liverpool, with Le10Sport (via Sport) recently claiming that the Reds are now 'ready to make a move' for their former star and that Jurgen Klopp 'does not oppose' his arrival. SI.com, "Liverpool 'Open' to Re-Signing Philippe Coutinho From Barcelona This Summer," 30 June 2019 And that original primary campaign also had a clear policy contrast argument behind it, noting that Obama had opposed George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq while Clinton supported it. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 presidential campaign and policies, explained," 26 June 2019 For Nicaraguans, in contrast, the number was as high as 26 percent, which reflected the fact that the U.S. opposed the Nicaraguan government in that war. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Border apprehensions: Looking to the past to understand the current spike in illegal crossings," 23 June 2019 So if there’s no difference, why do some people oppose circumcision? Christina Oehler, Health.com, "What Is Circumcision? 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Male Circumcision, but Should," 20 June 2019 Each cell has two opposing pieces of metal: a cathode and an anode. Matt Simon, WIRED, "This Robot Fish Powers Itself With Fake Blood," 19 June 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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