- 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 opposed
Thirty-six percent were in favor and 38 percent were opposed.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
The group puts out most of its statements—on its Twitter feed, or its numerous websites—in Arabic, as opposed to Baluchi or Farsi.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
The NRA opposed a new California law that will help prevent gun deaths, homicides and suicides both.The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa
December 23, 2014
Try 21 times more likely—31 per million as opposed to 1.5 per million for whites.The NY Police Union’s Vile War with Mayor De Blasio
December 21, 2014
This is a story that celebrates difference, as opposed to the story of a dysfunctional kid.The Brit Who Stormed Broadway
December 7, 2014
To some features of the Bill he was opposed, but was in favor of its principle.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The flying machine must move faster than the air to which it is opposed.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Crystals of iodine as opposed to permanganate of potash for antiseptic he discussed.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"Nobody ever opposed Eudora Yates except her own self," replied Abby.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The testimony of two credible witnesses as opposed to that of only one.The Devil's Dictionary
- (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