Definition of Oppose

1. Verb. Be against; express opposition to. "Sam cannot oppose Sue "; "We oppose the ban on abortion"

Generic synonyms: Argue, Contend, Debate, Fence
Specialized synonyms: Contend, Contest, Repugn
Derivative terms: Opponent, Opponent, Opposer, Opposition

2. Verb. Fight against or resist strongly. "Don't fight it!"

3. Verb. Contrast with equal weight or force.
Exact synonyms: Counterbalance
Specialized synonyms: Counterpoise, Counterpose, Counterweight
Generic synonyms: Contrast, Counterpoint
Derivative terms: Counterbalance

4. Verb. Set into opposition or rivalry. "He plays his two children off against each other"
Exact synonyms: Match, Pit, Play Off
Generic synonyms: Confront, Face
Derivative terms: Match, Opponent, Opponent, Playoff

5. Verb. Act against or in opposition to. "She reacts negatively to everything I say"
Exact synonyms: React
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Specialized synonyms: Act On, Follow Up On, Pursue, Buck, Go Against
Derivative terms: Opponent, Opposer

6. Verb. Be resistant to. "The board opposed his motion"
Exact synonyms: Contradict, Controvert
Generic synonyms: Rebut, Refute
Specialized synonyms: Blackball, Negative, Veto, Dissent, Protest, Resist
Derivative terms: Opponent, Opposer

Definition of Oppose

1. v. t. To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit.

2. v. i. To be set opposite.

Definition of Oppose

1. Verb. To attempt to stop the progression of. ¹

2. Verb. To object to. ¹

3. Verb. To present or set up in opposition; to pose. ¹

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Definition of Oppose

1. to be in contention or conflict with [v -POSED, -POSING, -POSES]

Medical Definition of Oppose

1. 1. To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit. "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." (Locke) 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) Synonym: To combat, withstand, contradict, deny, gainsay, oppugn, contravene, check, obstruct. Origin: F. Opposer. See Ob-, Pose, and cf.2d Appose, Puzzle, Cf.L. Opponere, oppositum. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Oppose

opportunistic pathogen
opportunity cost
opportunity engineering
oppose (current term)
opposer muscle of little finger
opposer muscle of thumb
opposite number
opposite numbers

Literary usage of Oppose

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"(l9) to oppose them. Provoked by such treatment, which they conceived as trifling and perfidious, the Alani had recourse to their own valour for their ..."

2. The History of England from the Invasion of Julius Caesar, to the Revolution by David Hume (1819)
"His natural inclination, as well as his interest, led him to employ himself with assiduous industry in the transactions on the continent, and to oppose the ..."

3. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"... to oppose His onset in dread battle, hand to hand. Whom Menelaus, Ares-loved, beheld Thus stalking with wide stride before the throng, And joy'd, ..."

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