Definitions for oppose
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word oppose.
be against; express opposition to
"We oppose the ban on abortion"
fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defendverb
fight against or resist strongly
"The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
contrast with equal weight or force
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"
act against or in opposition to
"She reacts negatively to everything I say"
oppose, controvert, contradictverb
be resistant to
"The board opposed his motion"
To attempt to stop the progression of.
There is still time to oppose this plan.
To object to.
To present or set up in opposition; to pose.
Etymology: From opposen, from opposer, from ob + pausare, taking the place of opponere.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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
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
To act as an adversary against another; to resist, etc. It likewise signifies to place as an obstacle.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'oppose' in Verbs Frequency: #536
The numerical value of oppose in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of oppose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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.
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.
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.
The people who oppose your ideas are inevitably those who represent the established order that your ideas will upset.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
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Translations for oppose
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- عارض, اعترضArabic
- oposarCatalan, Valencian
- widersprechen, entgegensetzen, ablehnenGerman
- oppose, opposerFrench
- opoñer, oporGalician
- ellenez, szembehelyezkedikHungarian
- contrādīcō, intercēdōLatin
- tāwari, mautoheMāori
- opune, contraziceRomanian
- воспрепятствовать, возражать, отрицать, возразить, препятствоватьRussian
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