From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishoppositionop‧po‧si‧tion /ˌɒpəˈzɪʃən $ ˌɑːp-/ ●●○W3 noun 🔊 🔊 1AGAINST/OPPOSE[uncountable] strong disagreement with, or protest against, something such as a plan, law, or systemopposition 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 opposition3 →in opposition4[countable, uncountable]AGAINST somebody IN A GAME the people who you are competing against 🔊 They played well against good opposition.GRAMMAR: Singular or plural verb?• In this meaning, opposition is usually followed by a singular verb: The opposition was too strong for us.• In British English, you can also use a plural verb: The opposition were too strong for us.5[countable, uncountable] formal when two things are completely oppositeopposition between 🔊 the opposition between capitalism and socialismCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesstrong opposition (=disagreement that someone feels strongly)The scheme has met with strong opposition from local people.fierce/intense/stiff opposition (=strong opposition)It is certain that there will be fierce opposition to the changes.violent/vehement opposition (=showing extremely strong angry feelings)The 2,000-strong congress met the violent opposition of left-wingers. There has been vehement opposition from the fishing industry.considerable opposition (=quite a lot of opposition)The development went ahead in spite of considerable opposition.growing/mounting opposition (=opposition that is increasing)There was growing opposition to the war.local oppositionIt took three years to overcome local opposition from environmentalists.widespread opposition (=opposition from many people or in many places)Journalists have reported widespread opposition to the regime.public oppositionPublic opposition has blocked the building of nuclear power stations.organized opposition (=protest that people express by working together in an organized way)The proposal was passed with no organized opposition.verbsface opposition (=experience opposition that has to be dealt with)The proposal faced opposition from road safety campaigners.meet (with) opposition/run into opposition (=face opposition)A new tax would meet a lot of opposition.The Bill ran into opposition in the House of Lords.encounter opposition (=find that there is opposition)The police encountered little opposition, and restored order within the hour.express (your) oppositionParents expressed their opposition to the tests.overcome opposition (=deal with opposition so that it no longer exists)Nothing he said could overcome their opposition.arouse opposition/arouse the opposition of somebody (=make someone feel disagreement)A plan to build on farm land aroused local opposition.opposition comes from somebodyThe strongest opposition came from Republican voters.THESAURUSopposition noun [uncountable] strong disagreement with or protest against somethingOpposition to the proposed scheme was widespread.The plan met with stiff opposition (=strong opposition).objection noun [countable] a reason you give for opposing an idea or planMy main objection is that it will cost too much money.A number of objections were raised.antagonism noun [uncountable] a strong feeling of opposition to something, or dislike for someone, which is shown in your behaviour, and has often existed for a long timehis own antagonism to any form of authorityThere is no antagonism towards tourists on the island.people’s antagonism to communismhostility noun [uncountable]angryremarks or behaviour that show someone opposes something very strongly, or dislikes someone very muchThe announcement was greeted with hostility from some employees.There is a certain amount of hostility towards the police among local people.antipathy noun [uncountable] formal a strong feeling of opposition and dislike for someone or somethinghis fundamental antipathy to capitalismHer long-standing antipathy to Herr Kohl was well-known.Darwin shared Lyell's antipathy to the idea that the same species could appear independently in different areas.