- To oppose is to disapprove of or be against something.
An example of oppose is when you do not want a new bill to pass.
oppose definition by Webster's New World
- to set against; place opposite, in balance or contrast
- to contend with in speech or action; resist; withstand
Origin: Middle English opposen ; from Old French opposer, altered (infl. by poser: see pose) ; from Classical Latin opponere: see opponent
- opposer noun
oppose definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb op·posed, op·pos·ing, op·pos·es verb, transitive
- To be in contention or conflict with: oppose the enemy force.
- To be resistant to: opposes new ideas.
- To place opposite in contrast or counterbalance.
- To place so as to be opposite something else.
Origin: Middle English opposen, to question, interrogate, from Old French opposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to place) of Latin oppōnere, to oppose (ob-, against; see ob- + pōnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots).
- op·posˈer noun
oppose - Phrases/Idioms
as opposed to