- 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.
transitive verbopposed, opposing
- to set against; place opposite, in balance or contrast
- to contend with in speech or action; resist; withstand
Origin of opposeMiddle English opposen ; from Old French opposer, altered (infl. by poser: see pose) ; from Classical Latin opponere: see opponent
verbop·posed, op·pos·ing, op·pos·es
- To be or act in contention or conflict with: opposed their crosstown rivals in the season finale.
- To be hostile or resistant to; try to prevent: opposes the building of a new police station.
- a. To set as an opposite in position: opposed the painting with a mirror across the room.b. To present in counterbalance or contrast: ideas that were opposed to each other in her first book.
Origin of opposeMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present opposes, present participle opposing, simple past and past participle opposed)
- To attempt to stop the progression of; to resist or antagonize by physical means, or by arguments, etc.; to contend against; to confront; to resist; to withstand.
- to oppose the king in battle; to oppose a bill in Congress
- There is still time to oppose this plan.
- To object to.
- Many religious leaders oppose cloning humans.
- To present or set up in opposition; to pose.
- They are opposed to any form of hierarchy.
- To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit.
- To compete with; to strive against.
- to oppose a rival for a prize