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verb [transitive]     oppose pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleopposing
past tenseopposed
past participleopposed
  1. 1
    to disagree with or not approve of a plan or policy

    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.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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