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/ əˈpoʊz /
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verb (used with object), op·posed, op·pos·ing.
to act against or provide resistance to; combat: to vigorously oppose tyranny in every form.
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.
verb (used without object), op·posed, op·pos·ing.
to be or act in opposition.
OTHER WORDS FOR oppose
1 confront, contravene.
OPPOSITES FOR oppose
1 capitulate, succumb.
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Origin of oppose
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old French opposer, blend of Latin oppōnere “to set against” and Old French poser “to pose, place,” associated with the Latin past participle oppositus; see pose1
synonym study for oppose
1. 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM opposeop·pos·er, nounpre·op·pose, verb (used with object), pre·op·posed, pre·op·pos·ing.re·op·pose, verb (used with object), re·op·posed, re·op·pos·ing.
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How to use oppose in a sentence
Yet the temper of the House of Commons, sullenly, doggedly determined, might even thus early have warned its opposers.I, Thou, and the Other One|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The opposition came from the larger towns, but the opposers were awed by the determined bearing of the enemies of the slave-trade.History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1|George W. Williams
Who is fitter for this, than the scornful opposers of his grace and service?A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter
He had many opposers, but never lost his temper through their provocations.Olive Leaves|Lydia Howard Sigourney
As they had done once before in the annals of his office, the other two selectmen made a party with Sproul's opposers.The Skipper and the Skipped|Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for oppose
/ (əˈpəʊz) /
(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 opposeopposer, nounopposing, adjectiveopposingly, adverboppositive (əˈpɒzɪtɪv), adjective
Word Origin for oppose
C14: via Old French from Latin oppōnere, from ob- against + pōnere to place
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