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Definition of "oppose" []

  • To be in contention or conflict with: oppose the enemy force. (verb-transitive)
  • To be resistant to: opposes new ideas. (verb-transitive)
  • To place opposite in contrast or counterbalance. (verb-transitive)
  • To place so as to be opposite something else. (verb-transitive)
  • To act or be in opposition. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fight against, counter, or resist strongly (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To be hostile or antagonistic to; be against (verb)
  • To place or set in opposition; contrast or counterbalance (verb)
  • To place opposite or facing (verb)
  • To be or act in opposition (verb)

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Use "oppose" in a sentence
  • "Making tough decisions that corporations and Wall Street oppose is never popular …. the poll numbers reflect how stupid some in America, like our troll really are."
  • "What I do oppose is forcing children (implicitly or explicitly) to pray to a god their religion does not recognize."
  • "Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts - who also voted against Sotomayor's nomination to the appeals court 11 years ago - said late last month he would again oppose her."