Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , present participle of opponere; OPPOSE

opponent

noun
     
Related topics: Sport
op‧po‧nent W3 [countable]
1DS someone who you try to defeat in a competition, game, fight, or argument:
Graf's opponent in today's final will be Sukova.
leading/main/chief opponent
During the primary elections, McCain was Bush's leading opponent.
formidable/worthy opponent
In debate he was a formidable opponent.
He is admired even by his political opponents.
2 someone who disagrees with a plan, idea, or system and wants to try to stop or change it
opponent of
Rodgers was not an opponent of the new airport.
bitter/vocal/outspoken opponent
an outspoken opponent of gun control

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary