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oppose definition


This page has 8 definitions of oppose in English, French, and Italian. Oppose is a verb. Examples of how to use oppose in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: opposé

English oppose definition


From Middle English opposen, from Old French opposer, from Latin ob (before, against) + Medieval Latin pono (to put), taking the place of Latin opponere (to oppose).



oppose (third-person singular simple present opposes, present participle opposing, simple past and past participle opposed)

  1. To attempt to stop the progression of; to resist or antagonize by physical means, or by arguments, etc.; to contend against.
    Synonyms: confront, withstand, resist, hinder, obstruct, buck
    to oppose the king in battle
    to oppose a bill in Congress
    There is still time to oppose this plan.
  2. To object to.
    Synonyms: take issue with, speak out, contest, repugn, argue
    Many religious leaders oppose cloning humans.
  3. To present or set up in opposition; to pose.
    They are opposed to any form of hierarchy.
    • 1689 December (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], Two Treatises of Government: [], London: [] Awnsham Churchill, [], OCLC 83985187:
      , Book I
      I may [] oppose my single opinion to his.
    • 1839, Philip Meadows Taylor, Confessions of a Thug:
      [T]hree walls had been left standing, with large intervals between each; and they would certainly oppose a most formidable interruption to an invader.
  4. To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit.


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French oppose definition




  1. inflection of opposer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

Italian oppose definition



  1. third-person singular past historic of opporre