- to act against or provide resistance to; combat.
- to stand in the way of; hinder; obstruct.
- to set as an opponent or adversary.
- to be hostile or adverse to, as in opinion: to oppose a resolution in a debate.
- to set as an obstacle or hindrance.
- to set against in some relation, especially as to demonstrate a comparison or contrast: to oppose advantages to disadvantages.
- to use or take as being opposite or contrary.
- to set (something) over against something else in place, or to set (two things) so as to face or be opposite to one another.
- to be or act in opposition.
Origin of oppose
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Examples from the Web for opposing
The king set about punishing Marshal, opposing his attempts to establish his family in their lands in Ireland and Wales.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
December 9, 2014
Suddenly, a tall, curly haired white man appeared and thrust himself in the middle of the opposing forces.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
We chat like soldiers from opposing sides decades after the last bullet was fired.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
There will be two opposing approaches and voters in 2016 will have a clearer choice.Voters Remind D.C. That the Economy Still Sucks
November 6, 2014
A fellow justice also accused McCaffery of attempting to coerce him into opposing Castille.Judges Behaving Badly: A Great American Tradition
October 30, 2014
Mr. Horseman also joined the Conservatives in opposing the bill.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
But I could only resolve that I would be no party to any unfair plan of opposing her.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
It may seem, then, that we are thus faced by two opposing forces.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
He could see her opposing herself to mobs, but he could not see himself doing so.Changing Winds</p>
St. John G. Ervine
But Evans reckoned without the millers who were opposing his petition.The Age of Invention
- (tr) to fight against, counter, or resist strongly
- (tr) to be hostile or antagonistic to; be against
- (tr) to place or set in opposition; contrast or counterbalance
- (tr) to place opposite or facing
- (intr) to be or act in opposition