Hypertext Webster Gateway: "oppose"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Oppose \Op*pose"\, v. i.
1. To be set opposite. --Shak.

2. To act adversely or in opposition; -- with against or to;
as, a servant opposed against the act. [Obs.] --Shak.

3. To make objection or opposition in controversy.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

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

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

I may . . . oppose my single opinion to his.

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.

I am . . . too weak To oppose your cunning. --Shak.

Syn: To combat; withstand; contradict; deny; gainsay; oppugn;
contravene; check; obstruct.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: be against; express opposition to; "We oppose the ban on
2: fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would
oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!" [syn: {fight}, {fight
back}, {fight down}, {defend}]
3: place in opposition: can also be used in an abstract sense;
"Oppose thy steadfast gazing eyes to mine"- Shakespeare
[syn: {counterbalance}, {turn the scales}]
4: set into opposition or rivalry; "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" [syn: {pit}, {match}, {play off}]
5: act against or in opposition to; "She reacts negatively to
everything I say" [syn: {react}]
6: be resistant to; "The board opposed his motion." [syn: {controvert},

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