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1 to refuse to give in to
  • I will continue to oppose any attempts to infringe upon our civil liberties

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2 to strive to reduce or eliminate
  • we must oppose ignorance and prejudice wherever and whenever they arise

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How does the verb oppose differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of oppose are combat, resist, and withstand. While all these words 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

When can combat be used instead of oppose?

Although the words combat and oppose have much in common, combat stresses the forceful or urgent countering of something.

combat disease

When is resist a more appropriate choice than oppose?

While in some cases nearly identical to oppose, resist implies an overt recognition of a hostile or threatening force and a positive effort to counteract or repel it.

resisting temptation

In what contexts can withstand take the place of oppose?

The words withstand and oppose can be used in similar contexts, but withstand suggests a more passive resistance.

trying to withstand peer pressure

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The first known use of oppose was in 1579

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“Oppose.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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