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English verb: oppose

1. oppose (communication) be against; express opposition to

SamplesWe oppose the ban on abortion.

ExamplesSam cannot oppose Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)argue, contend, debate, fence

Narrower (hyponym)contend, contest, repugn

2. oppose (competition) fight against or resist strongly

SamplesThe senator said he would oppose the bill.
Don't fight it!.

Synonymsdefend, fight, fight back, fight down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)drive back, fend, fight off, hold out, rebuff, recalcitrate, repel, repulse, resist, resist, stand, stand firm, withstand

3. oppose (stative) contrast with equal weight or force


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)contrast, counterpoint

Narrower (hyponym)counterpoise, counterpose, counterweight

4. oppose (competition) set into opposition or rivalry

SamplesLet them match their best athletes against ours.
Pit a chess player against the Russian champion.
He plays his two children off against each other.

Synonymsmatch, pit, play off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)confront, face

5. oppose (social) act against or in opposition to

SamplesShe reacts negatively to everything I say.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)act on, buck, follow up on, go against, pursue

6. oppose (communication) be resistant to

SamplesThe board opposed his motion.

Synonymscontradict, controvert

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)rebut, refute

Narrower (hyponym)blackball, dissent, negative, protest, resist, veto

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