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OPPO'SE, v.t. s as z. [L. oppono, opposui. The change of n into s is unusual. Two different verbs may be used, as in L. fero, tuli. See Pose.]

1. To set; against; to put in opposition, with a view to counterbalance or countervail, and thus to hinder defeat, destroy or prevent effect; as, to oppose one argument to another.

I may without presumption oppose my single opinion to his.

2. To act against; to resist, either by physical means, by arguments or other means. The army opposed the progress of the enemy, but without success. Several members of the house strenuously opposed the bill, but it passed.

3. To check; to resist effectually. The army was not able to oppose the progress of the enemy.

4. To place in front; to set opposite.

5. To act against, as a competitor.



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OPPO'SE, v.t. s as z. [L. oppono, opposui. The change of n into s is unusual. Two different verbs may be used, as in L. fero, tuli. See Pose.]

1. To set; against; to put in opposition, with a view to counterbalance or countervail, and thus to hinder defeat, destroy or prevent effect; as, to oppose one argument to another.

I may without presumption oppose my single opinion to his.

2. To act against; to resist, either by physical means, by arguments or other means. The army opposed the progress of the enemy, but without success. Several members of the house strenuously opposed the bill, but it passed.

3. To check; to resist effectually. The army was not able to oppose the progress of the enemy.

4. To place in front; to set opposite.

5. To act against, as a competitor.

OP-POSE, v.i. [s as z.]

  1. To act adversely; with against; as, a servant opposed against the act. [Not used.] – Shak.
  2. To object or act against in controversy. – Johnson.

OP-POSE, v.t. [s as z. Fr. opposer; ob and poser, to set; L. oppono, opposui. It is doubtful whether Fr. poser, and the preterit and participle passive of the Latin verb belong to pono. The change of n into s is unusual. Two different verbs may be used, as in L. fero, tuli. See Pose.]

  1. To set against; to put in opposition, with a view to counterbalance or countervail, and thus to hinder, defeat, destroy or prevent effect; as, to oppose one argument to another. I may without presumption oppose my single opinion to his. Locke.
  2. To act against; to resist, either by physical means, by arguments or other means. The army opposed the progress of the enemy, but without success. Several members of the house strenuously opposed the bill, but it passed.
  3. To check; to resist effectually. The army was not able to oppose the progress of the enemy.
  4. To place in front; to set opposite. – Shak.
  5. To act against, as a competitor.

Op*pose"
  1. 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.
    Shak.

  2. To be set opposite.

    Shak.
  3. 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. Locke.

  4. To act adversely or in opposition; -- with against or to; as, a servant opposed against the act.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  5. 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.
  6. To make objection or opposition in controversy.
  7. To compete with; to strive against; as, to oppose a rival for a prize.

    I am . . . too weak
    To oppose your cunning.
    Shak.

    Syn. -- To combat; withstand; contradict; deny; gainsay; oppugn; contravene; check; obstruct.

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Oppose

OPPO'SE, verb transitive s as z. [Latin oppono, opposui. The change of n into s is unusual. Two different verbs may be used, as in Latin fero, tuli. See Pose.]

1. To set; against; to put in opposition, with a view to counterbalance or countervail, and thus to hinder defeat, destroy or prevent effect; as, to oppose one argument to another.

I may without presumption oppose my single opinion to his.

2. To act against; to resist, either by physical means, by arguments or other means. The army opposed the progress of the enemy, but without success. Several members of the house strenuously opposed the bill, but it passed.

3. To check; to resist effectually. The army was not able to oppose the progress of the enemy.

4. To place in front; to set opposite.

5. To act against, as a competitor.

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