Thesaurus

oppose

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of oppose

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

Synonyms for oppose

Words Related to oppose

Antonyms for oppose

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

Synonyms for oppose

Words Related to oppose

Near Antonyms for oppose

Antonyms for oppose

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About oppose

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about oppose

Time Traveler for oppose

Time Traveler

The first known use of oppose was in 1579

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Oppose.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/oppose. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on oppose

Dictionary: Definition of oppose

Medical Dictionary: Definition of oppose

Nglish: Translation of oppose for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of oppose for Arabic Speakers

Comments on oppose

What made you want to look up oppose? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!