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Definition 1: be resistant to - [verb of communication]

Samples where oppose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The board opposed his motion

Synonyms for oppose in the sense of this definition

(oppose is a kind of ...) overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

"The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments"

(... is a kind of oppose ) vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

"The President vetoed the bill"

(... is a kind of oppose ) express opposition through action or words

"dissent to the laws of the country"

Definition 2: be against; express opposition to - [verb of communication]

Samples where oppose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We oppose the ban on abortion

(oppose is a kind of ...) have an argument about something

(... is a kind of oppose ) to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

"They contested the outcome of the race"

Definition 3: set into opposition or rivalry - [verb of competition]

Samples where oppose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for oppose in the sense of this definition

(oppose is a kind of ...) oppose, as in hostility or a competition

"You must confront your opponent" "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring" "The two enemies finally confronted each other"

Definition 4: fight against or resist strongly - [verb of competition]

Samples where oppose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The senator said he would oppose the bill
  • Don't fight it!

Synonyms for oppose in the sense of this definition

(oppose is a kind of ...) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

"the tribesmen fought each other" "Siblings are always fighting" "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

(... is a kind of oppose ) show strong objection or repugnance; manifest vigorous opposition or resistance; be obstinately disobedient

"The Democratic senators recalcitrated against every proposal from the Republican side"

(... is a kind of oppose ) withstand the force of something

"The trees resisted her" "stand the test of time" "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"

(... is a kind of oppose ) stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

(... is a kind of oppose ) force or drive back

"repel the attacker" "fight off the onslaught" "rebuff the attack"

Samples where oppose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She reacts negatively to everything I say

Synonyms for oppose in the sense of this definition

(oppose is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of oppose ) carry further or advance

"Can you act on this matter soon?"

(... is a kind of oppose ) resist

"buck the trend"

Definition 6: contrast with equal weight or force - [verb of stative]

Synonyms for oppose in the sense of this definition

(oppose is a kind of ...) to show differences when compared; be different

"the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"

(... is a kind of oppose ) constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to

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