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opposition

noun
     
op‧po‧si‧tion S2 W1
1 [uncountable] strong disagreement with, or protest against, something such as a plan, law, or systemCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
face/meet with opposition overcome opposition arouse opposition/arouse the opposition of somebody (=make someone feel disagreement) strong/fierce/intense/stiff opposition public opposition in opposition to something
opposition to
There was a great deal of opposition to the war.
opposition from
They face opposition from local residents as well as from environmentalists.
He is confident in his ability to overcome all opposition with his personal charm.
The proposals have aroused the opposition of teachers.
Strong opposition resulted in rejection of the bill.
Plans to turn the site into a £600 million leisure complex have met with stiff opposition.
Much public opposition to the new law remained.
Workers found themselves in opposition to local interests.
2

the opposition

PPG in some countries such as Britain, the main political party in the parliament that is not part of the government:
the leader of the Opposition
the three main opposition parties
3

in opposition

PPG in some countries such as Britain, a political party that is in opposition is in parliament, but is not part of the government:
The Socialists were elected to power after 10 years in opposition.
4 [C,U also + plural verb British English] the people who you are competing against:
They played well against good opposition.
5 [uncountable and countable] formal when two things are completely opposite
opposition between
the opposition between capitalism and socialism

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