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Definition of oppose verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they oppose
    he / she / it opposes
    past simple opposed
    -ing form opposing
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  1. 1to disagree strongly with someone's plan, policy, etc. and try to change it or prevent it from succeeding oppose somebody/something This party would bitterly oppose the reintroduction of the death penalty. He threw all those who opposed him into prison. oppose (somebody/something) doing something I would oppose changing the law. compare propose
  2. 2oppose somebody to compete with someone in a contest She intends to oppose the incumbent in the next election.
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