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From Middle English opposen, from Old French opposer, from Latin ob (before, against) + Medieval Latin pausare (to put), taking the place of Latin opponere (to oppose).



oppose (third-person singular simple present opposes, present participle opposing, simple past and past participle opposed)

  1. To attempt to stop the progression of; to resist or antagonize by physical means, or by arguments, etc.; to contend against; to confront; to resist; to withstand.
    to oppose the king in battle; to oppose a bill in Congress
    There is still time to oppose this plan.
    • Shakespeare
      I am [] too weak / To oppose your cunning.
  2. To object to.
    Many religious leaders oppose cloning humans.
  3. To present or set up in opposition; to pose.
    They are opposed to any form of hierarchy.
    • John Locke
      I may [] oppose my single opinion to his.
    • 1839, Philip Meadows Taylor, Confessions of a Thug
      [T]hree walls had been left standing, with large intervals between each; and they would certainly oppose a most formidable interruption to an invader.
  4. To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit.
    • Shakespeare
      Her grace sat down [] / In a rich chair of state; opposing freely / The beauty of her person to the people.



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  1. third-person singular past historic of opporre