oppose

[uh-pohz]
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; 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

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


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.


1. support, help.
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oppose (əˈpəʊz)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to fight against, counter, or resist strongly
2.  (tr) to be hostile or antagonistic to; be against
3.  (tr) to place or set in opposition; contrast or counterbalance
4.  (tr) to place opposite or facing
5.  (intr) to be or act in opposition
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin oppōnere, from ob- against + pōnere to place]
 
op'poser
 
n
 
op'posing
 
adj
 
op'posingly
 
adv
 
oppositive
 
adj

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oppose
late 14c., from O.Fr. opposer, from O.Fr. poser "to place, lay down" (see pose), blended with L. opponere "oppose, object to, set against" (see opponent).
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Example sentences
Kirk is pro-choice, and he opposes public funding for school vouchers.
Conviction of this will smash everything that opposes it.
Against the prejudices of the ignorant your committee opposes the judgment of
  the learned.
Many of these have been identified as paid mouthpieces from the oil industry,
  which strongly opposes the gas pipeline.
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