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English definition of “opponent”

opponent

noun [C]     /əˈpəʊ.nənt/ US  /-ˈpoʊ-/
B2 a person who disagrees with something and speaks against it or tries to change it: a political opponent Leading opponents of the proposed cuts in defence spending will meet later today.Opposing and againstEnemies and rivals B2 a person who someone is competing against in a sports event: In the second game, her opponent hurt her leg and had to retire.Competitors and participants in sports and games
(Definition of opponent noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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