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Definition of Oppose


  1. To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit.
  2. To put in opposition, with a view to counterbalance or countervail; to set against; to offer antagonistically.
  3. To resist or antagonize by physical means, or by arguments, etc.; to contend against; to confront; to resist; to withstand; as, to oppose the king in battle; to oppose a bill in Congress.
  4. To compete with; to strive against; as, to oppose a rival for a prize.
  5. To be set opposite.
  6. To act adversely or in opposition; -- with against or to; as, a servant opposed against the act.
  7. To make objection or opposition in controversy.

Oppose Quotations

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy

There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them.
William Tecumseh Sherman

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
Frederick Douglass

I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.
Barack Obama

The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.
Winston Churchill
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Oppose Translations

oppose in Dutch is belemmeren, dwarsbomen, tegenwerken
oppose in French is opposons, opposent, opposer, opposez
oppose in Italian is contrapporre
oppose in Latin is resisto, oppono opposui oppositum
oppose in Portuguese is oponha
oppose in Spanish is oponerse, afrontar
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