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oppose

[uh-pohz] /əˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), opposed, opposing.
1.
to act against or provide resistance to; combat.
2.
to stand in the way of; hinder; obstruct.
3.
to set as an opponent or adversary.
4.
to be hostile or adverse to, as in opinion:
to oppose a resolution in a debate.
5.
to set as an obstacle or hindrance.
6.
to set against in some relation, especially as to demonstrate a comparison or contrast:
to oppose advantages to disadvantages.
7.
to use or take as being opposite or contrary.
8.
to set (something) over against something else in place, or to set (two things) so as to face or be opposite to one another.
verb (used without object), opposed, opposing.
9.
to be or act in opposition.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French opposer, blend of Latin oppōnere to set against and Old French poser to pose1, associated with the L past participle oppositus
Related forms
opposer, noun
opposingly, adverb
nonopposing, adjective
preoppose, verb (used with object), preopposed, preopposing.
preopposed, adjective
quasi-opposed, adjective
reoppose, verb (used with object), reopposed, reopposing.
unopposed, adjective
unopposing, adjective
Synonyms
1. confront, contravene. Oppose, resist, withstand imply setting up a force against something. The difference between oppose and resist is somewhat that between offensive and defensive action. To oppose is mainly to fight against, in order to thwart, certain tendencies or procedures of which one does not approve: The lobbyists opposed the passage of the bill. Resist suggests that the subject is already threatened by the forces, or by the imminent possibility, against which he or she struggles: to resist temptation. Again, whereas oppose always suggests an attitude of great disapproval, resist may imply an inner struggle in which the will is divided: She tried unsuccessfully to resist the temptation to eat dessert. Withstand generally implies successful resistance; it may refer to endurance that allows one to emerge unharmed (to withstand a shock ), as well as to active resistance: to withstand an attack. 2. prevent. 4. contradict.
Antonyms
1. support, help.
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Examples from the web for opposed
  • Students in our core business courses were given e-books this year as opposed to the traditional text.
  • And if it doesn't, they get to say they opposed it in the first place.
  • Deliver drugs to the bad cells as opposed to every cell.
  • Few books could present more implacably opposed views, and few could raise more provocative questions.
  • The cowboy was a positive image, as opposed to the hillbilly, which was considered a negative image.
  • In the previous seven years, only one of the mergers that had been brought here had been opposed.
  • Nearly all were opposed to a section of the regulations which prohibits the use of white phosphorus as an ingredient of matches.
  • The students, along with some faculty members, said they opposed the center.
  • However, there are so far no compelling data on how clouds are affecting warming in fact, as opposed to in models.
  • It's important to note that the experiment has been successful in cell cultures, as opposed to live mice.
British Dictionary definitions for opposed

oppose

/əˈpəʊz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to fight against, counter, or resist strongly
2.
(transitive) to be hostile or antagonistic to; be against
3.
(transitive) to place or set in opposition; contrast or counterbalance
4.
(transitive) to place opposite or facing
5.
(intransitive) to be or act in opposition
Derived Forms
opposer, noun
opposing, adjective
opposingly, adverb
oppositive (əˈpɒzɪtɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin oppōnere, from ob- against + pōnere to place
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Word Origin and History for opposed

oppose

v.

late 14c., from Old French oposer "oppose, resist, rival; contradict, state opposing point of view" (12c.), from poser "to place, lay down" (see pose (v.1)), blended with Latin opponere "oppose, object to, set against" (see opponent). Related: Opposed; opposing.

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