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opposing Line breaks: op|pos¦ing
Pronunciation: /əˈpəʊzɪŋ/

Definition of opposing in English:


1In conflict or competition with someone or something: the opposing team
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  • Buchanon's speed, instinct and confidence make him a dangerous player for opposing teams to contend with.
  • Success also allows you the option to pick a rival player from the opposing team to join your squad.
  • Macrolevel interventions can trigger competition between constituencies with opposing values and are often controversial.
rival, opposite, combatant, enemy, antagonistic
1.1(Of two or more subjects) differing from or in conflict with each other: the brothers fought on opposing sides in the war
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  • When two opposing issues clash, we often compare them to discover their differences.
  • Politics has always been ugly and divisive, with opposing sides calling each other names.
  • If the press does not offer free space to opposing issues, then it is simply a mouthpiece for a dictatorship.
2Facing; opposite: on the opposing page there were two addresses
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  • Thirty years of work saw the Wingfield native produce the 3,600 page book, which includes the original manuscript and the English version on the opposing page.
  • He also composed poems about the characters on the opposing pages.
  • As always, those details are catalogued with absolute accuracy and impressive style on the opposing page by the editor, C. F.

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