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verb [transitive] oppose pronunciation in American English /əˈpoʊz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleopposing
past tenseopposed
past participleopposed
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  1. 1
    to disagree with or not approve of a plan or policy
    a group that opposes the death penalty
    The French cabinet was unanimous in opposing NATO’s bombing raids.
    1. a.
      to try to prevent the success of a policy or a government that you disagree with
      a merciless tyrant who kills all those who oppose him
      There was a major campaign to oppose the building of a nuclear reactor.
      fiercely/vehemently/bitterly etc. oppose: Plans to drill for oil in the Arctic region are fiercely opposed by conservationists.
  2. 2
    to speak against a proposal or law in a debate
    The motion was opposed by 15 Republicans and 17 Democrats.


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