What does it mean to oppose something? 1 : to place over against something so as to provide resistance, counterbalance, or contrast one military force opposed to another concreteness as opposed to abstraction— L. E. Lynch. 2 : to place opposite or against something oppose the enemy oppose a congressional bill. vehemently: 1 adv in a vehement manner “he vehemently denied the accusations against him”. Power is the ability to influence the behavior of others with or without resistance by using a variety of tactics to push or prompt action. Power is the ability to get things done. People with power are able to influence others behavior to achieve a goal or objective. Others may resist attempts to make them do certain things, but an effective. [transitive, intransitive] to refuse to accept something and try to stop it from happening synonym oppose resist something They are determined to resist pressure to change the law.; People naturally resist change. resist doing something The bank strongly resisted cutting interest rates.; Residents who oppose the plans are threatening to resist.