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Definition of 'oppose'


  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!"
       Synonyms: fight fight back fight down defend
  3. oppose with equal weight or force
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: pit match play off
  5. act against or in opposition to; "She reacts negatively to everything I say"
       Synonyms: react
  6. be resistant to; "The board opposed his motion"
       Synonyms: controvert contradict

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