- 1 to 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 oppose somebody to compete with someone in a contest She intends to oppose the incumbent in the next election.
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NAmE//əˈpoʊz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they oppose
he / she / it opposes
past simple opposed
-ing form opposing