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Sports ContextPlay
Use 'opponent' when talking about someone you're directly competing against in sports or games. SlideThe tennis player eyed her opponent as she served the ball.
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Respectful CompetitionPlay
'Opponent' can imply a level of respect in a contest, acknowledging skill rather than hostility. SlideThough fierce opponents on the court, the players shared a handshake after the match.
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Political RacesPlay
In politics, 'opponent' is often used to refer to rival candidates in an election. SlideThe senator thanked his opponents for a spirited campaign.