From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Oppose \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
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            Her grace sat down . . .
            In a rich chair of state; opposing freely
            The beauty of her person to the people. --Shak.
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   2. To put in opposition, with a view to counterbalance or
      countervail; to set against; to offer antagonistically.
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            I may . . . oppose my single opinion to his.
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   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.
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   4. To compete with; to strive against; as, to oppose a rival
      for a prize.
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            I am . . . too weak
            To oppose your cunning.               --Shak.
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   Syn: To combat; withstand; contradict; deny; gainsay; oppugn;
        contravene; check; obstruct.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

opposed \opposed\ ([o^]p*p[=o]zd"), opposing \opposing\
   1. characterized by active opposition; as, two bitterly
      opposing schools of thought.

   Syn: antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical, opponent.
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   2. acting in opposition to; as, the opposing sector of the
      same muscle group.
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