oppose - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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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.

  2. 2
    to speak against a proposal or law in a debate

    The motion was opposed by Sir Teddy Taylor MP.