• WordNet 3.6
    • v oppose be against; express opposition to "We oppose the ban on abortion"
    • v oppose be resistant to "The board opposed his motion"
    • v oppose 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"
    • v oppose fight against or resist strongly "The senator said he would oppose the bill","Don't fight it!"
    • v oppose act against or in opposition to "She reacts negatively to everything I say"
    • v oppose contrast with equal weight or force
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Oppose To act adversely or in opposition; -- with against or to; as, a servant opposed against the act.
    • Oppose To be set opposite.
    • Oppose To compete with; to strive against; as, to oppose a rival for a prize. "I am . . . too weak
      To oppose your cunning."
    • Oppose To make objection or opposition in controversy.
    • Oppose To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit. "Her grace sat down . . . In a rich chair of state; opposing freely
      The beauty of her person to the people."
    • Oppose 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."
    • Oppose 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • oppose To set or place over against or directly opposite; confront or cause to confront, either literally or by way of comparison, contrast, etc.
    • oppose To expose; show; display.
    • oppose To propose; offer.
    • oppose To place or interpose as an obstacle; place in opposition, as for the purpose of contradicting, countervailing, offsetting, or withstanding and defeating something.
    • oppose To speak or act against; confront with adverse arguments or efforts; contradict; withstand; endeavor to frustrate or thwart.
    • oppose To hinder; resist effectually; prevent; defeat: as, the army was not able to oppose the enemy's progress.
    • oppose Synonyms Oppose, Resist, Withstand, combat, strive against, contravene. The first three words are all rather general, but oppose is not quite so strong as the others, as suggesting less of physical action; they all primarily convey the idea of receiving rather than making the attack, but oppose is least restricted to that meaning. See frustrate.
    • oppose To stand over against another or one another; be opposite.
    • oppose To interpose effort or objection; act or speak in opposition; be adverse or act adverse ly: sometimes with to or against.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • v.t Oppose o-pōz′ to place before or in the way of: to set against: to place as an obstacle: to resist: to check: to compete with
    • v.i Oppose to make objection
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  • Mary Caroline Richards
    “Who are enemies? Those who oppose each others will.”
  • J. S. Habgood
    J. S. Habgood
    “Movements born in hatred very quickly take on the characteristics of the thing they oppose.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Oppose not rage while rage is in its force, but give it way a while and let it waste.”
  • Ann Oakley
    Ann Oakley
    “Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “The true ideal is not opposed to the real but lies in it; and blessed are the eyes that find it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. opposer,. See Ob- Pose, and cf.2d Appose Puzzle (n.) Cf.L. opponere, oppositum,


In literature:

I will not oppose it.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
It is for this reason that Law is said to be opposed to Liberty.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
That I had declared myself opposed to the beneficent fund.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
He is bitterly opposed to my father's views.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Dalziel took the field to oppose their progress.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
While the warrant was depending, the gentlemen of that county resolved to oppose it with all their power.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
The haughty nobility will still oppose me, but I will crush them.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
It was too late to retreat; and, in order to oppose the formidable coalition against him, Drusus had recourse to sedition and conspiracy.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
To the purposes of this convention he was opposed, as a dangerous precedent.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
They oppose the Acts of Navigation, and imprison the King's officers for doing their duty.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson

In poetry:

He brought the Spirit's powerful sword
To slay our deadly foes;
Our sins shall die beneath thy word,
And hell in vain oppose.
"Hymn 163" by Isaac Watts
Onward, then, to glory move,
More than conquerors ye shall prove;
Though opposed by many a foe,
Christian soldiers, onward go.
"Oft In Sorrow, Oft in Woe" by Henry Kirke White
Keep well the trust! Guard it we must,
From in and outward foes,
Strength will be gained, might be attained
By efforts to oppose
"Good Habits" by Jared Barhite
"Full manfully the brave boy strove,
Though pressing ranks oppose;
But weak the strongest arm must prove
Against an host of foes.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
God is a King of power unknown,
Firm are the orders of his throne;
If he resolve, who dares oppose,
Or ask him why or what he does?
"Hymn 170" by Isaac Watts
God shall exalt his glorious head,
And his high throne maintain;
Shall strike the powers and princes dead
Who dare oppose his reign.
"Psalm 110" by Isaac Watts

In news:

There were times last season when it appeared the Bluejays had no plan whatsoever to slow opposing teams.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – John Waters admits he might usually be opposed to something like ArtPrize.
Jill Bailey simply overmatched opposing hitters in high school.
What makes a successful brand as opposed to a good looking logo.
Some of the neighbors referred to Standard Time as God's Time as opposed to Fast Time.
Green T-shirts showed you were opposed.
The group opposes a law curtailing Jew hatred.
Two opposing views of the fossil record will be presented tonight in two events at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
Rahm Emanuel Campaigned for 2 Presidents Who Opposed Gay Marriage.
Prior to the San Francisco 49ers' preseason finale last month, a North Bay drunk allegedly saw fit to vent his spleen upon a group wandering through the parking lot in the opposing team's jerseys.
Arguably, organizations opposing the death penalty — Death Penalty Focus, Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation — mean well.
Banks also oppose the heightened down-payment requirement, which regulators had considered setting as low as 10 percent.
First nations fiercely opposed to Northern Gateway.
Most Californians oppose shark finning .
Republicans did well to oppose the spending bill.

In science:

The aim of this letter is twofold: (i) to study localization in an interacting disordered system, and (ii) to show that time evolution with tDMRG, as opposed to non-integrable and non-disordered situation, is efficient for such a system.
Many body localization in Heisenberg XXZ magnet in a random field
LO), as opposed to the “canonical orbitals” (CO) which are the usual eigenstates of the Hamiltonian with Bloch periodicity.
Self-interaction correction with Wannier functions
This tendency of fermions to avoid each other (anti-bunching), as opposed to the bunching effect exhibited by bosons, has been recently revealed in the experiment by Jeltes et al. (2007) using helium atoms.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
This opposing behavior of temperature and squeezing seems to be generic to dissipative systems .
Phase Diffusion in Quantum Dissipative Systems
One such extension would be to specifying particular property/positions in the model, as opposed to using a single ad value.
Bid Optimization for Internet Graphical Ad Auction Systems via Special Ordered Sets