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opponentnoun [C]

uk   /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 ​proposedcuts in ​defencespending will ​meetlater today.B2 a ​person who someone is ​competing against in a ​sportsevent: In the second ​game, her opponent ​hurt her ​leg and had to ​retire.
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(Definition of opponent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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opponentnoun [C]

 us   /əˈpoʊ·nənt/

opponent noun [C] (OPPOSING POSITION)

a ​person who ​disagrees with something and ​speaks against it or ​tries to ​change it: Opponents of the ​projectfear it will ​attract undesirables.

opponent noun [C] (COMPETITOR)

a ​person you are ​competing against, esp. in ​politics or ​sports: His ​chief opponent in the ​Novemberelection will be ​Jim Crowley.
(Definition of opponent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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