Definition of opposing in English:



  • 1In conflict or competition with someone or something.

    ‘the opposing team’
    • ‘I may not cheer for the opposing team, but I will also not cheer against them or verbally abuse them.’
    • ‘Buchanon's speed, instinct and confidence make him a dangerous player for opposing teams to contend with.’
    • ‘Macrolevel interventions can trigger competition between constituencies with opposing values and are often controversial.’
    • ‘We can learn a lot from the World Cup just by studying how coaches and players adjust intelligently to suit the conditions and to suit opposing teams.’
    • ‘So after putting their hats back on, they engaged in an international tradition - exchanging gifts with the opposing team - and then played ball.’
    • ‘Quick and sharp, with very good individual skills and deft, innovative plays, he strikes fear in the opposing team's defenders.’
    • ‘Success also allows you the option to pick a rival player from the opposing team to join your squad.’
    • ‘While in the tent city, the students plan their attack on the opposing team, and when it comes to Carolina, they've come up with some brilliant ways to heckle them.’
    • ‘Don't browbeat, denigrate, insult or threaten the opposing team.’
    • ‘During inter-camp sports events, Jacobs and his staff encourage campers to cheer their friends, but they allow no one to taunt the opposing team.’
    • ‘Visually impaired athletes, split into two teams of three, roll a bell-filled ball down the court trying to get it in the opposing team's net.’
    • ‘The game was to have been played last Sunday week but was put back due to an objection being lodged against the Cork champions by the opposing team in the Munster final.’
    • ‘Would you let the general manager of the opposing team run the officiating in the Super Bowl, or be the umpires in the World Series?’
    • ‘Bryan McCabe had a breakthrough season last year, but with the new rules he may need more than a can opener to stop opposing teams forwards.’
    • ‘But, as most football fans know, Hail Mary passes have a way of getting picked off by the opposing team.’
    • ‘With typical German thoroughness, Schulz and five full-time staff workers in Dortmund have been studying video tapes of opposing teams to document the trends.’
    • ‘The boys soon began taunting and insulting each other, in some cases turning against good friends who were now on the opposing team.’
    • ‘In the absence of reasonable cause the opponent or opposing team shall be entitled to claim the game.’
    • ‘In many games, he was known to have mock battles with his trusty sword and threaten the opposing team's mascots.’
    • ‘Clearly, it is not just an aggressive dance used to intimidate an opposing rugby team.’
    rival, opposite, combatant, enemy, antagonistic
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    1. 1.1 (of two or more subjects) differing from or in conflict with each other.
      ‘the brothers fought on opposing sides in the war’
      • ‘Conventional naval strategy was that the opposing fleets approached each other in parallel lines, blasting away at each other as they passed.’
      • ‘When two opposing issues clash, we often compare them to discover their differences.’
      • ‘If the press does not offer free space to opposing issues, then it is simply a mouthpiece for a dictatorship.’
      • ‘We will talk to two congressmen on opposing sides of this issue next.’
      • ‘However, the twist to this yarn is that some of the players competed against each other on opposing sides.’
      • ‘Among the most hotly debated changes is a proposed limit to injunctive relief standards, with different industries taking opposing sides.’
      • ‘Are the opposing sides so far apart that they can't even find the illogical arguments worthy of ridicule amongst their opposition's remarks?’
      • ‘In my view when you have two opposing sides complaining about a story it is clear evidence that you got the balance exactly correct.’
      • ‘Politics has always been ugly and divisive, with opposing sides calling each other names.’
      • ‘They try to make it difficult for opposing sides to fight each other for fear they will hit the peacemakers.’
      • ‘The two opposing armies watched each other for a moment, a silent peace before the storm.’
      • ‘They stopped watching the wrestling match and instead watched the battle, applauding as if these were opposing teams at a sports match.’
      • ‘There are vastly differing and often opposing views based on contrasting perceptions and interpretations of current events and of the history leading up to the situation as it is today.’
      • ‘Moreover, the movie teaches, opposing sides begin to resemble each other.’
      • ‘A debate is not a debate unless there are two opposing sides contributing to a subject - and this particular subject is very, very important.’
      • ‘The two sides clashed at opposing protests in London Tuesday as the British parliament was in session.’
      • ‘It seemed that the opinions are divided into extreme opposing camps with irreconcilable differences and conflicts.’
      • ‘Stuck in the desert, the two people from differing cultural backgrounds and with opposing personalities fall for each other.’
      • ‘Normally elements with opposing tendencies will cancel each other out at the appropriate combinations, but in some cases anomalies occur.’
      • ‘At the same time, they successfully balance the often opposing themes of Ugandan women as victims and as active agents of change.’
      conflicting, contrasting, opposite, incompatible, irreconcilable, contradictory, antithetical, clashing, contrary, different, differing, at variance, at odds, divergent, dissimilar, disagreeing, opposed, poles apart, polar
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  • 2Facing; opposite.

    ‘on the opposing page there were two addresses’
    • ‘As always, those details are catalogued with absolute accuracy and impressive style on the opposing page by the editor, C. F.’
    • ‘Sometimes opposing pages will switch from full color to monochrome.’
    • ‘He also composed poems about the characters on the opposing pages.’
    • ‘Thirty years of work saw the Wingfield native produce the 3,600 page book, which includes the original manuscript and the English version on the opposing page.’
    • ‘On each opposing page are all the objects that the new animal claims it can eat, so the child can look for them.’
    opposite, facing
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