What does oppose mean?

Definitions for oppose
əˈpoʊzop·pose

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. opposeverb

    To attempt to stop the progression of.

    There is still time to oppose this plan.

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

  2. opposeverb

    To object to.

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

  3. opposeverb

    To present or set up in opposition; to pose.

    Etymology: 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.]

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

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Numerology

  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. Eric Greitens:

    This ordeal has been designed to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family, millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks designed to cause maximum damage to family and friends. Legal harassment of colleagues, friends and campaign workers and it's clear that for the forces that oppose us, there is no end in sight. I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love.

  2. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.

  3. Temir Porras:

    There has to be a serene debate on economic strategy, the main problem is a lack of pragmatism in addressing the crisis itself, instead of trying to explain it with some political theory ... You can oppose capitalism but you cannot ignore that it exists.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    If you see bigotry, oppose it, if you see violence, condemn it, if you see a bully, stand up to him.

  5. Joe Biden:

    I did not oppose busing in America, what I opposed is busing ordered by the Department of Education, that's what I opposed.

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