Oppose definition

ə-pōz
To be or act in contention or conflict with.

Opposed their crosstown rivals in the season finale.

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To act in opposition.
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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.

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To set as an opposite in position.

Opposed the painting with a mirror across the room.

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To present in counterbalance or contrast.

Ideas that were opposed to each other in her first book.

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To be or act in opposition.
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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.

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To object to.

Many religious leaders oppose cloning humans.

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To present or set up in opposition; to pose.

They are opposed to any form of hierarchy.

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To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit.
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To compete with; to strive against.

To oppose a rival for a prize.

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To be hostile or resistant to; try to prevent.

Opposes the building of a new police station.

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To contend with in speech or action; resist; withstand.
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To set against; place opposite, in balance or contrast.
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as opposed to
  • In contrast to:
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of oppose

  • Middle English opposen to question, interrogate from Old French opposer alteration (influenced by poser to place) of Latin oppōnere to oppose (ob- against ob–) (pōnere to put apo- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English opposen, from Old French opposer, from Latin ob (“before, against") + Medieval Latin pausare (“to put"), taking the place of Latin opponere (“to oppose").

    From Wiktionary