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oppose

op·pose

oppose

 
 
pronunciation:
poz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: opposed, opposes, opposing
definition 1: to think, act, or be against; resist or obstruct.
Residents of the area opposed the building of the new highway.Members of the majority party support the bill, but members of the other party oppose it.
synonyms:
block, combat, fight, resist
antonyms:
advocate, back, champion, support, uphold
similar words:
antagonize, battle, buck, challenge, confront, contend with, contest, contradict, contravene, controvert, criticize, cross, curb, defy, discourage, dispute, face up to, hinder, impede, object to, obstruct, oppugn, protest, reject, side against, strive against, thwart, withstand
definition 2: to set in contrasting position or relation; balance.
The committee chair opposed the arguments in favor of the plan with those arguments against it.
synonyms:
counter
similar words:
balance, contrast, counterbalance, offset, pit against
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to think, act, or be against something.
synonyms:
object
similar words:
buck, conflict, contend, differ, disagree, dissent, fight, hold out, militate, protest, rebel, resist, struggle, take exception, tangle, wrestle
derivations: opposed (adj.), opposingly (adv.), opposer (n.)
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The word oppose contains the following parts:
op- Latin prefix that means towards; against; away
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The prefix op- is an assimilated form of ob- used before roots beginning with "p," such as "pos." See ob-.
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