What does oppose mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. opposeverb

    be against; express opposition to

    "We oppose the ban on abortion"

  2. fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defendverb

    fight against or resist strongly

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

  3. oppose, counterbalanceverb

    contrast with equal weight or force

  4. pit, oppose, match, play offverb

    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, opposeverb

    act against or in opposition to

    "She reacts negatively to everything I say"

  6. oppose, controvert, contradictverb

    be resistant to

    "The board opposed his motion"


  1. opposeverb

    To attempt to stop the progression of.

    There is still time to oppose this plan.

  2. opposeverb

    To object to.

  3. opposeverb

    To present or set up in opposition; to pose.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To OPPOSEverb

    Etymology: opposer, French; oppono, Latin.

    There’s no bottom, none
    In my voluptuousness: and my desire
    All continent impediments would o’erbear,
    That did oppose my will. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    If all men are not naturally equal, I am sure all slaves are; and then I may, without presumption, oppose my single opinion to his. John Locke.

    Since he stands obdurate,
    And that no lawful means can carry me
    Out of his envy’s reach, I do oppose
    My patience to his fury. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    I thro’ the seas pursu’d their exil’d race,
    Engag’d the heav’ns, oppos’d the stormy main;
    But billows roar’d and tempests rag’d in vain. Dryden.

    Her grace sat down
    In a rich chair of state; opposing freely
    The beauty of her person to the people. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Opposeverb

    A servant, thrill’d with remorse,
    Oppos’d against the act, bending his sword
    To his great master. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    He practised to dispatch such of the nobility as were like to oppose against his mischievous drift, and in such sort to encumber and weaken the rest, that they should be no impediments to him. John Hayward.


  1. oppose

    To oppose means to disagree with, resist, or act against something or someone. It can also refer to challenging or attempting to prevent the progress or success of a certain action, idea, or decision. This action is often driven by differing beliefs, interests, opinions, or principles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oppose

    o-pōz′, v.t. to place before or in the way of: to set against: to place as an obstacle: to resist: to check: to compete with.—v.i. to make objection.—n. Opposabil′ity.—adjs. Oppos′able, that may be opposed; Oppose′less (Shak.), not to be opposed, irresistible.—n. Oppos′er, one who opposes.—v.t. and v.i. Oppos′it, to negative. [Fr.,—L. ob, Fr. poser, to place.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. oppose

    To act as an adversary against another; to resist, etc. It likewise signifies to place as an obstacle.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oppose in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oppose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of oppose in a Sentence

  1. Ted Cruz:

    I oppose amnesty. I oppose citizenship. I oppose legalization for illegal aliens, i always have, and I always will, and I challenge every other Republican candidate to say the same thing or, if not, then to stop making silly assertions that their records and my records on immigration are the same.

  2. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:

    Secretary Clinton should be a voice of reason and oppose this deal, while Secretary Clinton has been the architect of President Obama’s foreign policy, she can do the right thing and prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and oppose this deal.

  3. Richard Brennan:

    In one and a half years, ISIS has become embedded within the civil structure of many portions of Anbar province and they have killed a lot of people that oppose them and the government wasn't able to do anything, the government has to convince those remaining that it's worth the risk to oppose ISIS.

  4. Anthony D'Angelo:

    The people who oppose your ideas are inevitably those who represent the established order that your ideas will upset.

  5. Frederick Douglas:

    The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.

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