Definition of opponent in US English:

opponent

noun

  • 1Someone who competes against or fights another in a contest, game, or argument; a rival or adversary.

    ‘he beat his opponent by a landslide margin’
    • ‘He always tried to beat his opponents before the fight had even started through intimidation.’
    • ‘When a fighter steps into the ring, his aim is to hurt his opponent more than his opponent hurts him.’
    • ‘The first game after the enforced break was a tough encounter against formidable opponents.’
    • ‘In both contests Webb stopped his opponents in the first round with an awesome display of punching.’
    • ‘People can play the game on the internet with opponents from across the world.’
    • ‘These clues apparently help him to work out how to beat each and every opponent.’
    • ‘Then they allowed their opponents back into the game to snatch victory with two late goals.’
    • ‘You only have to look at the reaction of your opponents when they do beat you, and how elated they are.’
    • ‘There is an important lesson to be learned from this game, not only for my opponent but for me too.’
    • ‘My only objective was not to give my opponent any easy chances to come back into the game.’
    • ‘Even though their opponents scored a seven on the 14th, the game was never in doubt.’
    • ‘You fight and battle to the end, no matter who the opponent is, because you are honouring the game.’
    • ‘If successful, the bidders win the whole game; if not their opponents win the game.’
    • ‘What I want is fierce competition in the squad, as well as against our opponents.’
    • ‘This amendment was not opposed by Waters at the trial, and was not opposed by any other opponent.’
    • ‘Like the wrestler who takes time from beating his opponent to show off to the crowd, it was a sign of confidence.’
    • ‘Ballybrown were the opponents in the final and with the wind behind us we led at halftime.’
    • ‘We have played against big teams and great players and have beaten strong opponents.’
    • ‘Our target is to win the tournament by dominating all opponents in every facet of the game.’
    • ‘He did drop the opening frame to an opponent who had beaten him at the Welsh Open back in January.’
    rival, adversary, opposer, the opposition, fellow contestant, competitor, fellow competitor, other candidate, other competitor, other contestant, other player, enemy, foe, antagonist, combatant, contender, challenger, critic, dissenter, disputant, objector
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    1. 1.1 A person who disagrees with or resists a proposal or practice.
      ‘an opponent of the economic reforms’
      • ‘So he has positioned himself as an opponent of free expression and online fun.’
      • ‘He may consider himself to be an opponent of the war, but here too a point must be made.’
      • ‘The most famous opponent of the New Deal was Huey Long, a Senator from Louisiana.’
      • ‘He was an eloquent opponent of the exercise of arbitrary power by governments the world over.’
      • ‘Hayden was a prominent opponent of the Vietnam War.’
      • ‘He was a lifelong opponent of militarism and oppression, and he became a committed socialist.’
      • ‘He has been lauded as a solitary champion of liberty and censured as the absurd opponent of progress.’
      • ‘Love and rural life are prominent themes, and he was a consistent opponent of Modernism.’
      • ‘Most importantly he was a vigorous opponent of giving the Bank of England independence.’
      • ‘An ardent opponent of war, he made a packet from investing in military supplies.’
      • ‘It is more accurate to say he was an opponent of the regime.’
      opposer, objector, dissident, dissenter, rejectionist
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Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a person opening an academic debate by proposing objections to a philosophical or religious thesis): from Latin opponent- ‘setting against’, from the verb opponere, from ob- ‘against’ + ponere ‘place’.

Pronunciation

opponent

/əˈpoʊnənt//əˈpōnənt/