Synonyms for oppose

Synonyms for (verb) oppose

Synonyms: oppose

Definition: be against; express opposition to

Usage: We oppose the ban on abortion

Similar words: fence, argue, contend, debate

Definition: have an argument about something


Synonyms: oppose, contradict, controvert

Definition: be resistant to

Usage: The board opposed his motion

Similar words: rebut, refute

Definition: overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

Usage: The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments


Synonyms: pit, play off, oppose, match

Definition: set into opposition or rivalry

Usage: let them match their best athletes against ours; pit a chess player against the Russian champion; He plays his two children off against each other

Similar words: face, confront

Definition: oppose, as in hostility or a competition

Usage: You must confront your opponent; Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring; The two enemies finally confronted each other


Synonyms: fight, fight back, fight down, oppose, defend

Definition: fight against or resist strongly

Usage: The senator said he would oppose the bill; Don't fight it!

Similar words: fight, contend, struggle

Definition: be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

Usage: the tribesmen fought each other; Siblings are always fighting; Militant groups are contending for control of the country


Synonyms: react, oppose

Definition: act against or in opposition to

Usage: She reacts negatively to everything I say

Similar words: move, act

Definition: perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

Usage: think before you act; We must move quickly; The governor should act on the new energy bill; The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel


Synonyms: counterbalance, oppose

Definition: contrast with equal weight or force

Similar words: counterpoint, contrast

Definition: to show differences when compared; be different

Usage: the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities