appose vs oppose : Common Errors in English

About appose vs oppose

These two spellings originally meant the same thing, but now “appose” is a rare word having to do with placing one thing close to or on something else (compare with juxtapose). It mainly occurs today as an error spelling-checkers won’t catch when the word intended is “oppose,” meaning to be against something. If you object to a proposed course of action, you are opposed (not “apposed”) to it.

appose Meaning(s)

  • (v) place side by side or in close proximity

oppose Meaning(s)

  • (v) be against; express opposition to
  • (v) fight against or resist strongly
  • (v) contrast with equal weight or force
  • (v) set into opposition or rivalry
  • (v) act against or in opposition to
  • (v) be resistant to

oppose in News

  1. Republicans oppose, Democrats support NSA surveillance, poll says

    A majority of Americans oppose National Security Agency programs using records gathered from telecom and Internet companies, according to a poll released Wednesday.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Conservative activists oppose Snyder's re-election

    Conservative activists oppose Snyder's re-election A group of tea party and conservative activists said Tuesday that they would oppose Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's expected re-election bid because he has pushed to expand Medicaid coverage to nearly a half-million adults in Michigan. AP Wire Lansing Jun 12, 2013 googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display("dfp-ad-ght300x250"); }); "It is ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Grand Haven Tribune

  3. Poll: Americans oppose race as consideration for college admission

    WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Americans broadly oppose college admissions based on race and favor extending federal benefits to same-sex couples, a Washington Post-ABC News poll indicated.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: UPI

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