Definitions for opposeəˈpoʊz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

op•pose*əˈpoʊz(v.)-posed, -pos•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to act against or furnish resistance to; combat.

  2. to hinder or obstruct.

  3. to set as an opponent or adversary.

  4. to be hostile or adverse to, as in opinion:

    to oppose new tax legislation.

  5. to set against, esp. for comparison or contrast:

    to oppose advantages to disadvantages.

  6. to set (something) opposite something else, or to set (two things) so as to be opposite one another.

  7. (v.i.)to be in opposition.

Idioms for oppose:

  1. as opposed to,as contrasted with.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: oppose , resist , withstand imply holding out or acting against something. oppose implies offensive action against the opposite side in a conflict or contest; it may also refer to attempts to thwart displeasing ideas, methods, or the like: to oppose an enemy; to oppose the passage of a bill.resist suggests defensive action against a threatening force or possibility; it may also refer to an inner struggle in which the will is divided: to resist an enemy onslaught; hard to resist chocolate.withstand generally implies successful resistance; it stresses the determination and endurance necessary to emerge unharmed: to withstand public criticism; to withstand a siege.

Origin of oppose:

1350–1400; ME < OF opposer,b. L oppōnere to set against and OF poser to pose1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. oppose(verb)

    be against; express opposition to

    "We oppose the ban on abortion"

  2. fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defend(verb)

    fight against or resist strongly

    "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"

  3. oppose, counterbalance(verb)

    contrast with equal weight or force

  4. pit, oppose, match, play off(verb)

    set into opposition or rivalry

    "let them match their best athletes against ours"; "pit a chess player against the Russian champion"; "He plays his two children off against each other"

  5. react, oppose(verb)

    act against or in opposition to

    "She reacts negatively to everything I say"

  6. oppose, controvert, contradict(verb)

    be resistant to

    "The board opposed his motion"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. oppose(verb)əˈpoʊz

    to disagree with an idea or plan

    We oppose the plan to close the museum.


  1. oppose(Verb)

    To attempt to stop the progression of.

    There is still time to oppose this plan.

  2. oppose(Verb)

    To object to.

  3. oppose(Verb)

    To present or set up in opposition; to pose.

  4. Origin: From opposen, from opposer, from ob + pausare, taking the place of opponere.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'oppose' in Verbs Frequency: #536

Translations for oppose

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to resist or fight against (someone or something) by force or argument

We oppose the government on this matter.

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