What does oppose mean?

Definitions for opposeəˈpoʊz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word oppose.

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"


  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.

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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. oppose

    The action or behavior of a candidate, politician or member of an authority, board, community, council, government, legislature, parliament, political party or union to reflect, express and communicate a different opinion or view to another member and to communicate and express that view peacefully through communication, debate, discussion or speech to ensure the voice of the electorate or people they represent is communicated and an amicable and just agreement, change or solution is attained.

    The union opposed the proposed pay agreement and at the talks between the employer the management and union the union representatives expressed and communicated what the employees oppose and an amicable agreement was reached. The opposition in government did oppose the proposed changes to legislation and at the end of the debate an amicable and just piece of legislation was put forward to the next process in the governmental legislative process and structure.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hillary Clinton:

    Therefore, I oppose it.

  2. Mary Caroline Richards:

    Who are enemies? Those who oppose each others will.

  3. Tony Blinken:

    We would not oppose moving forward with additional sanctions.

  4. Zhang Zhijun:

    The compatriots on both sides should unite and firmly oppose it.

  5. Ayn Rand, Capitalism, the Unknown Ideal p. 42:

    If men want to oppose war, it is *statism* that they must oppose.

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