Oppose Op*pose", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Opposed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Opposing}.] [F. opposer. See {Ob-}, {Pose}, and cf.2d {Appose}, {Puzzle}, n. Cf.L. opponere, oppositum.] 1. To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit. [1913 Webster]

Her grace sat down . . . In a rich chair of state; opposing freely The beauty of her person to the people. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To put in opposition, with a view to counterbalance or countervail; to set against; to offer antagonistically. [1913 Webster]

I may . . . oppose my single opinion to his. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. To compete with; to strive against; as, to oppose a rival for a prize. [1913 Webster]

I am . . . too weak To oppose your cunning. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To combat; withstand; contradict; deny; gainsay; oppugn; contravene; check; obstruct. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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