AskDefine | Define oppose

Dictionary Definition



1 be against; express opposition to; "We oppose the ban on abortion"
2 fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!" [syn: fight, fight back, fight down, defend]
3 oppose with equal weight or force [syn: counterbalance]
4 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" [syn: pit, match, play off]
5 act against or in opposition to; "She reacts negatively to everything I say" [syn: react]
6 be resistant to; "The board opposed his motion" [syn: controvert, contradict]

User Contributed Dictionary



opponere, to oppose



  1. To attempt to stop the progression of.
    There is still time to oppose this plan.
  2. To object to.
    They are opposed to any form of hierarchy.
    Many religious leaders oppose cloning humans.


to attempt to stop the progression of
  • Finnish: vastustaa
  • Hungarian: szembehelyezkedik
  • Russian: препятствовать , воспрепятствовать
to object to
  • Finnish: vastustaa
  • Hungarian: ellenez
  • Russian: возражать , возразить ; отрицать , быть против
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  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, opposer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, opposer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, opposer


Verb form


Extensive Definition

oppose in Tosk Albanian: Opposition
oppose in Bulgarian: Опозиция
oppose in Danish: Opposition (flertydig)
oppose in German: Opposition
oppose in Estonian: Opositsioon
oppose in French: Opposition
oppose in Indonesian: Oposisi
oppose in Dutch: Oppositie
oppose in Japanese: オポジション
oppose in Low German: Oppositschoon
oppose in Polish: Opozycja
oppose in Slovak: Opozícia
oppose in Swedish: Opposition

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abjure, agree to differ, agree to disagree, analogize, antagonize, array, arrest, assert the contrary, assimilate, attack, balance, ban, bar, be antipathetic, be at cross-purposes, be at variance, be in dissent, be inimical, be opposed to, beat against, beg to differ, belie, blackball, block, bottle up, bring into analogy, bring into comparison, buck, bump heads, categorically reject, challenge, check, clash, collide, combat, compare, compare and contrast, compare with, complain, complain loudly, conflict, conflict with, confront, confute, contend, contend against, contend with, contest, contradict, contrapose, contraposit, contrast, contrast with, contravene, controvert, counter, counteract, counterattack, counterbalance, countercheck, counterpoise, counterpose, countervail, counterwork, cross, curb, dam up, damp, dampen, defy, delay, deny, detain, differ, disaffirm, disagree, disagree with, disallow, disapprove, disapprove of, disavow, disclaim, discord with, disfavor, disown, disprove, dispute, dissent, dissent from, divide on, draw a comparison, draw a parallel, drop out, duel, exclude, face, face down, face out, face up to, fight, foil, forswear, front, frown at, frown down, frown upon, frustrate, gainsay, go against, go counter to, grapple with, grimace at, hinder, hold back, hold in check, hold up, impede, impugn, inhibit, intercept, interfere, interfere with, intermeddle, interrupt, intervene, join issue upon, join the opposition, juxtapose in opposition, keep back, keep in check, kick against, lie opposite, liken, liken to, lock horns, look askance at, look black upon, make a stand, match, measure against, meddle, meet head-on, metaphorize, militate against, not abide, not accept, not admit, not agree, not approve, not go for, not hear of, not hold with, nullify, object, object to, obstruct, obviate, offer resistance, offset, oppugn, ostracize, parallel, pit, pit against, place against, play at cross-purposes, polarize, pose against, preclude, prevent, protest, put in opposition, recalcitrate, recant, refuse to admit, refute, reject, relate, reluct, remonstrate, renounce, repel, repress, repudiate, resist, restrain, restrict, retard, retract, revoke, revolt, run a comparison, run against, run counter to, say no to, scotch, secede, set against, set back, set in contrast, set in opposition, set off, set off against, set over against, show fight, similize, slacken, slow, snub, stand, stand at bay, stand opposed, stand opposite, stand up against, stand up to, stop, strive against, subtend, suppress, swim upstream, take back, take exception, take exception to, take issue, take issue with, think ill of, think little of, thumb down, thwart, traverse, vie, view together, view with disfavor, vote against, weigh, weigh against, withdraw, withhold assent, withstand, work against
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