|1.||[ verb ] be against; express opposition to|
"We oppose the ban on abortion"
|Related terms:||argue contest resistance|
|2.||[ verb ] fight against or resist strongly|
|Synonyms:||fight defend fight_down fight_back|
"The senator said he would oppose the bill" "Don't fight it!"
|Related terms:||fight resist repel resist recalcitrate combatant confrontation fighter|
|3.||[ verb ] place in opposition: can also be used in an abstract sense|
"Oppose thy steadfast gazing eyes to mine"- Shakespeare
|Related terms:||contrast counterweight counterweight|
|4.||[ verb ] set into opposition or rivalry|
|Synonyms:||pit play_off match|
"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"
|Related terms:||confront playoff|
|5.||[ verb ] act against or in opposition to|
"She reacts negatively to everything I say"
|Related terms:||act pursue buck backfire adversary|
|6.||[ verb ] be resistant to|
"The board opposed his motion."
|Related terms:||refute protest veto adversary|