Oppose Definition

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To be or act in contention or conflict with.
Opposed their crosstown rivals in the season finale.
American Heritage
To be hostile or resistant to; try to prevent.
Opposes the building of a new police station.
American Heritage
To contend with in speech or action; resist; withstand.
Webster's New World
To set against; place opposite, in balance or contrast.
Webster's New World
To act in opposition.
Webster's New World
as opposed to
  • In contrast to:
American Heritage

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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

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