Op*pose" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Opposed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Opposing.] [F. opposer. See Ob-, Pose, and cf.2d Appose, Puzzle, n. Cf.L. opponere, oppositum.]

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 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.

3.

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.

4.

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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Op*pose" (?), v. i.

1.

To be set opposite.

Shak.

2.

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

[Obs.]

Shak.

3.

To make objection or opposition in controversy.

 

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