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Meaning of OPPOSE

Pronunciation:  u'powz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  be against; express opposition to; "We oppose the ban on abortion"
  2. [v]  be resistant to; "The board opposed his motion."
  3. [v]  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"
  4. [v]  fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
  5. [v]  act against or in opposition to; "She reacts negatively to everything I say"
  6. [v]  place in opposition: can also be used in an abstract sense; "Oppose thy steadfast gazing eyes to mine"- Shakespeare

OPPOSE is a 6 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: contradict, controvert, counterbalance, defend, fight, fight back, fight down, match, pit, play off, react, turn the scales
 See Also: act, act on, argue, backfire, backlash, blackball, buck, confront, contend, contest, contrast, counterpoint, counterpoise, counterpose, counterweight, debate, dissent, drive back, face, fence, fend, fight off, follow up on, go against, hold out, move, negative, protest, pursue, rebuff, rebut, recalcitrate, refute, repel, repugn, repulse, resist, resist, stand, stand firm, struggle, veto, withstand



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Op*pose"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Opposed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Opposing}.] [F. opposer. See {Ob-}, {Pose}, and cf.2d
    {Appose}, {Puzzle}, n. Cf.L. opponere, oppositum.]
    1. To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to
             Her grace sat down . . . In a rich chair of state;
             opposing freely The beauty of her person to the
             people.                               --Shak.
    2. To put in opposition, with a view to counterbalance or
       countervail; to set against; to offer antagonistically.
             I may . . . oppose my single opinion to his.
    3. To resist or antagonize by physical means, or by
       arguments, etc.; to contend against; to confront; to
       resist; to withstand; as, to oppose the king in battle; to
       oppose a bill in Congress.
    4. To compete with; to strive against; as, to oppose a rival
       for a prize.
             I am . . . too weak To oppose your cunning. --Shak.
    Syn: To combat; withstand; contradict; deny; gainsay; oppugn;
         contravene; check; obstruct.
  2. \Op*pose"\, v. i.
    1. To be set opposite. --Shak.
    2. To act adversely or in opposition; -- with against or to;
       as, a servant opposed against the act. [Obs.] --Shak.
    3. To make objection or opposition in controversy.
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