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Definition of opposition noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] opposition (to somebody/something) the act of strongly disagreeing with someone or something, especially with the aim of preventing something from happening Delegates expressed strong opposition to the plans. The army met with fierce opposition in every town. We cannot back down at the first sign of opposition. He spent five years in prison for his opposition to the regime. opposition forces (= people who are arguing, fighting, etc. with another group)
  2. 2the opposition [singular] the people you are competing against in business, a competition, a game, etc. He went to work for the opposition. The opposition, in the form of innovative new companies, is mounting a strong challenge to our business. The Cavaliers couldn't match the opposition in the final game and lost 106–93.
  3. 3the opposition (also the Opposition) [singular] the main political party that is opposed to the party that is in power; the political parties that are in a parliament, but not part of the government the leader of the opposition opposition parties The opposition candidate stressed the need for more funds for education.
  4. 4[uncountable, countable] (formal) the state of being as different as possible; two things that are as different as possible the opposition between good and evil His poetry is full of oppositions and contrasts.
  5. Idioms
      in opposition to somebody/something
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    1. 1disagreeing strongly with someone or something, especially with the aim of preventing something from happening We found ourselves in opposition to several colleagues on this issue. Protest marches were held in opposition to the proposed law.
    2. 2contrasting two people or things that are very different Leisure is often defined in opposition to work.
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adjective [usually before noun] (formal) oppositional groups/tactics
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