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OPPOSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does oppose mean? 

OPPOSE (verb)
  The verb OPPOSE has 6 senses:

1. be against; express opposition to
2. fight against or resist strongly
3. oppose with equal weight or force
4. set into opposition or rivalry
5. act against or in opposition to
6. be resistant to

  Familiarity information: OPPOSE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


OPPOSE (verb)


Sense 1oppose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be against; express opposition to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

We oppose the ban on abortion

Hypernyms (to "oppose" is one way to...):

argue; contend; debate; fence (have an argument about something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "oppose"):

contend; contest; repugn (to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot oppose Sue


Sense 2oppose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fight against or resist strongly

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

fight down; oppose; fight; fight back; defend

Context examples:

The senator said he would oppose the bill / Don't fight it!

Hypernyms (to "oppose" is one way to...):

contend; fight; struggle (be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "oppose"):

drive back; fight off; rebuff; repel; repulse (force or drive back)

hold out; resist; stand firm; withstand (stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something)

fend; resist; stand (withstand the force of something)

recalcitrate (show strong objection or repugnance; manifest vigorous opposition or resistance; be obstinately disobedient)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3oppose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Oppose with equal weight or force

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

counterbalance; oppose

Hypernyms (to "oppose" is one way to...):

contrast; counterpoint (to show differences when compared; be different)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "oppose"):

counterpoise; counterpose; counterweight (constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 4oppose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set into opposition or rivalry

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

play off; pit; oppose; match

Context examples:

let them match their best athletes against ours / pit a chess player against the Russian champion / He plays his two children off against each other

Hypernyms (to "oppose" is one way to...):

confront; face (oppose, as in hostility or a competition)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 5oppose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act against or in opposition to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

react; oppose

Context example:

She reacts negatively to everything I say

Hypernyms (to "oppose" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "oppose"):

act on; follow up on; pursue (carry further or advance)

buck; go against (resist)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 6oppose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be resistant to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

controvert; contradict; oppose

Context example:

The board opposed his motion

Hypernyms (to "oppose" is one way to...):

rebut; refute (overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "oppose"):

blackball; negative; veto (vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent)

dissent; protest; resist (express opposition through action or words)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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