Definitions for opponentəˈpoʊ nənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

op•po•nentəˈpoʊ nənt(n.)

  1. a person who is on an opposing side in a game, controversy, or the like; adversary.

  2. (adj.)being opposite, as in position.

  3. opposing; adverse; antagonistic.

  4. Anat. bringing parts together or into opposition, as a muscle.

    Category: Anatomy

Origin of opponent:

1580–90; < L oppōnent-, s. of oppōnēns, prp. of oppōnere to place over, against

Princeton's WordNet

  1. opposition, opponent, opposite(noun)

    a contestant that you are matched against

  2. adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resister(adj)

    someone who offers opposition

  3. opponent, opposing(adj)

    characterized by active hostility

    "opponent (or opposing) armies"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. opponent(noun)əˈpoʊ nənt

    sb who competes or fights against you

    his opponent in the boxing ring

  2. opponentəˈpoʊ nənt

    sb who disagrees with sb or sth

    a fierce opponent of illegal immigration


  1. opponent(Noun)

    An individual or group who is a rival of another.

  2. opponent(Noun)

    One who attempts to stop the progression of.

  3. opponent(Noun)

    One who objects to.

  4. opponent(Noun)

    In team sports, a player of an opposite team.

  5. Origin: from opponere, to oppose

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opponent' in Nouns Frequency: #1360

Translations for opponent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who opposes

an opponent of the government; He beat his opponent by four points.

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