Definition of oppose in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpōz/


[with object]
1Disapprove of and attempt to prevent, especially by argument: those of you who oppose capital punishment
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  • Sir W. Foster opposed any attempt to prevent the public from buying cheap food so long as it was wholesome.
  • If you oppose ID cards you now also oppose measures to prevent electoral fraud.
  • There were also those who opposed Rousseau's argument of women's different nature and argued instead for the social equality of women.
1.1Actively resist or refuse to comply with (a person or a system): off-roaders who adamantly opposed new trail restrictions
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  • We are striving to pave the way for a mass political movement throughout Europe that opposes the capitalist system.
  • However, a cross-section of commuters, residents and commercial establishment owners are opposing the new system.
  • They not only failed to understand either the work of art they were accompanying or any of the events it portrayed, but they also actively resisted and opposed the content of the film.
be against, object to, be hostile to, be in opposition to, disagree with, dislike, disapprove of;
resist, take a stand against, put up a fight against, stand up to, fight, challenge;
take issue with, dispute, argue with/against, quarrel with
informal be anti-
formal gainsay
rare controvert
1.2Compete against (someone) in a contest: a candidate to oppose the leader in the presidential contest
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  • Some people in the party, and many of the candidates who are opposing him for the party's nomination, say he is too left wing to win a U.S. presidential election.
  • I made it known that I was a candidate and nobody thought it worthwhile to oppose me.…



Pronunciation: /əˈpōzər/
Example sentences
  • Tenby Town Council is to repeat its objections to the proposal to Pembrokeshire County Council, and opposers are being asked to reinforce their concerns to ensure the authority knows the strength of local feeling.
  • And even if the opposers only amount to 36% of those polled, that's still more than eight people, Ann.
  • In the past, opposers claimed it was the beginning of a ‘slippery slope’ that would lead to parents selecting children for hair colour or intelligence.


Late Middle English: from Old French opposer, from Latin opponere (see opponent), but influenced by Latin oppositus 'set or placed against' and Old French poser 'to place'.

  • compost from Late Middle English:

    Garden compost and fruit compôte do not seem to have much in common, but they both derive from French compôte ‘stewed fruit’. This comes from Old French composte, from Latin compositum ‘something put together’—source of compose (Late Middle English) and decompose (mid 18th century), composition (Late Middle English), and component (mid 17th century). Compost has been used in the gardening sense since the late 16th century. The Latin word was formed from com- ‘with’ and the irregular verb ponere ‘put, place’. From this we also get impose (Late Middle English) ‘place (up)on’; oppose (Late Middle English) ‘place against’; positive and posture (late 16th century); preposition (Late Middle English) something put in front, and suppose (Middle English) literally something placed from below.

Words that rhyme with oppose

appose, arose, Bose, brose, chose, close, compose, diagnose, self-diagnose, doze, enclose, expose, foreclose, froze, hose, impose, interpose, juxtapose, Montrose, noes, nose, plainclothes, pose, propose, prose, rose, suppose, those, transpose, underexpose, uprose

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Syllabification: op·pose

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