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/ 蓹藞po蕣z /
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verb (used with object), op路posed, op路pos路ing.
verb (used without object), op路posed, op路pos路ing.
to be or act in opposition.
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Origin of oppose

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English, from Old French opposer, blend of Latin opp艒nere 鈥渢o set against鈥 and Old French poser 鈥渢o pose, place,鈥 associated with the Latin past participle oppositus; see pose1

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1. Oppose, resist, withstand imply setting up a force against something. The difference between oppose and resist is somewhat similar to the one 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 they struggle: Our religion requires us to resist temptation. 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 her craving for ice cream. 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: The fort should be able to withstand an aerial attack.


op路pos路er, nounpre路op路pose, verb (used with object), pre路op路posed, pre路op路pos路ing.re路op路pose, verb (used with object), re路op路posed, re路op路pos路ing.
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How to use oppose in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for oppose

/ (蓹藞p蓹蕣z) /

(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

Derived forms of oppose

opposer, nounopposing, adjectiveopposingly, adverboppositive (蓹藞p蓲z瑟t瑟v), adjective

Word Origin for oppose

C14: via Old French from Latin opp艒nere, from ob- against + p艒nere to place
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