Definitions of oppose

  1. place in opposition: can also be used in an abstract sense; " Oppose thy steadfast gazing eyes to mine"- Shakespeare
  2. fight against or resist strongly; " The senator said he would oppose the bill"; " Don't fight it!"
  3. set into opposition or rivalry; " 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"
  4. be against; express opposition to; " We oppose the ban on abortion"
  5. be resistant to; " The board opposed his motion"
  6. oppose with equal weight or force
  7. To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit.
  8. To put in opposition, with a view to counterbalance or countervail; to set against; to offer antagonistically.
  9. 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.
  10. To be set opposite.
  11. To make objection or opposition in controversy.
  12. To act adversely or in opposition; - with against or to; as, a servant opposed against the act.
  13. To speak or act against; to contend or dispute with; resist; to set up as an obstacle; check.
  14. To place before or in the way of: to set against: to place as an obstacle: to resist: to check: to compete with.
  15. To make objection.
  16. OPPOSER.
  17. To set against; resist; compete with.
  18. To object to; offer objection.
  19. To stand opposite.
  20. Opposable.
  21. To act against or in opposition; to resist; to check; to act against or compete with.
  22. To set against; to act against; to resist; to put one's self in opposition, as a competitor; to object or act against, as in a controversy or debate.

Usage examples for oppose

  1. " We shall drive them like sheep if they oppose us. – The Crisis, Volume 4 by Winston Churchill
  2. He can't demand an investigation of the Paratime Police out of one side of his mouth and oppose an investigation of Psychological Hygiene out of the other. – Time Crime by H. Beam Piper
  3. Why dost thou oppose? – Six One-Act Plays by Margaret Scott Oliver
  4. Yes, and I have only this small division to oppose him. – The Courier of the Ozarks by Byron A. Dunn
  5. We know how Napoleon approached the forces sent to oppose him: he showed himself alone in the front of his own troops. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  6. Let them not oppose, but yield, and they will find that their present tyrants' will become their lovers. – Home Scenes, and Home Influence A Series of Tales and Sketches by T. S. Arthur
  7. I was anxious to return home, but fancied you would oppose it, so I left without a word, and went on board the ship. – Tempest and Sunshine by Mary J. Holmes
  8. I have no moral right to oppose you." – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  9. He was busy with his town clerk over a railway bill which the municipality meant to oppose. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  10. It is in vain to oppose it, for it is the law of life. – Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History by Auguste Sabatier
  11. The greatest coward in the world, if he can handle a vessel at all, ought to be able to run her out of a wide inlet when there is nothing to oppose him. – Marcy The Blockade Runner by Harry Castlemon
  12. Hook: I shall oppose it if it comes up. – Abraham Lincoln by John Drinkwater
  13. For now I had a weapon against him, you see; he dared not oppose me. – Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
  14. That is the worst part of it, Edward; but if your peace of mind depends upon it, I will not oppose it. – The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
  15. She had no strength with which to oppose them. – IT and Other Stories by Gouverneur Morris
  16. Mamma won't oppose any more, or papa. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  17. " Much as I like you, Owen, I cannot do anything but oppose it. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  18. You say yourself we can't oppose it. – The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays by Various