- 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
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French opposer, blend of Latin oppōnere to set against and Old French poser to pose1, associated with the L past participle oppositus
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1. confront, contravene. Oppose, resist, withstand imply setting up a force against something. The difference between oppose and resist is somewhat that between offensive and defensive action. To oppose is mainly to fight against, in order to thwart, certain tendencies or procedures of which one does not approve: The lobbyists opposed the passage of the bill. Resist suggests that the subject is already threatened by the forces, or by the imminent possibility, against which he or she struggles: to resist temptation. Again, whereas oppose always suggests an attitude of great disapproval, resist may imply an inner struggle in which the will is divided: She tried unsuccessfully to resist the temptation to eat dessert. Withstand generally implies successful resistance; it may refer to endurance that allows one to emerge unharmed ( to withstand a shock ), as well as to active resistance: to withstand an attack. 2. prevent. 4. contradict.
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Examples from the Web for oppose
So far, just four members, including Gohmert and Yoho, have announced they will oppose Boehner on Tuesday.The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention
January 4, 2015
But his words felt forced and were belied his 2004 vote to oppose marking Martin Luther King Jr.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
There is no such thing as a gay lifestyle, except in right-wing propaganda to oppose LGBT equality.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
But if religious beliefs are fueling climate denial, then religious approaches are necessary to oppose it.Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
November 28, 2014
They will also oppose any attempts to hunt grizzlies in their recognized ancestral homelands.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
She must take her own way in silence, for they would be certain to oppose it!Weighed and Wanting
I oppose you only on account of our love and for our mutual happiness.The Dream
They gathered accordingly, to oppose the advance of the troops.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
She seemed to be searching in the depths of her mind for some argument to oppose to my assertions.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
We felt confident that if most of the men did not go with us, they would not oppose us.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- (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
C14: via Old French from Latin oppōnere, from ob- against + pōnere to place
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Word Origin and History for oppose
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