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oppose

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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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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


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