The words "oposición" and "oposiciones" can be used interchangeably in Spanish to refer to a single examination in the sense shown in 3).
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (politics)
a. opposition
La oposición critica todas las decisiones tomadas por el presidente del Gobierno.The opposition criticize all the decisions taken by the prime minister.
2. (disagreement)
a. opposition
Los ciudadanos mostraron su oposición a las nuevas medidas del Gobierno yendo a la huelga.The citizens showed their opposition to the new measures of the government going on a strike.
3. (selection process for public-sector jobs)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. public sector exam
Mi padre se sacó una oposición de magisterio en 1985.My father passed a public sector exam in 1985 to become a teacher.
b. civil service exam (for a government post)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Este año me presento a las oposiciones pero hay muy pocas plazas.I'm doing the civil service exam this year but there are very few vacancies.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
Unlock More Translations for Free
Learn more with unlimited dictionary access. Sign up for free today.
feminine noun
1. opposition (en general)
  • los partidos de la oposición the opposition parties
2. resistance (resistencia)
3. (examen)
    = competitive public examination for employment in the civil service, education, legal system etc
  • oposición a profesor = public examination to obtain a state teaching post
  • preparar oposiciones to be studying for a public examination
OPOSICIONES These are public examinations held to fill vacancies in the public sector on a national, provincial or local basis. The positions attained through these exams normally imply a job for life (with a working day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and they are much sought after in a country with a tradition of high unemployment. There are usually far too many candidates for every job advertised, so the requirements listed can be extremely rigorous: if you apply to be a mailman or a clerk you may have to show an in-depth knowledge of the Constitution. This is why many people spend years preparing for these examinations, especially for posts with more responsibility.
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
1 (gen) opposition
oposición frontal direct opposition; total opposition
El PP de Cebreros (Avila) ha manifestado su [oposición frontal] al proyecto del Ayuntamiento de la localidad de instalar un centro penitenciario en el término municipal.
2 (España)(also oposiciones) Civil Service examination
hay varias plazas de libre oposición o de oposición libre there are several places that will be filled on the basis of a competitive examination; sacar unas oposiciones to be successful in a public competition
hacer oposiciones a ... presentarse a unas oposiciones a ... to sit an examination for ...
hacer oposiciones para una cátedra to compete for a chair
Being a civil servant in Spain means having a job for life, but applicants for public-sector jobs must pass competitive exams called oposiciones. The candidates (opositores) must sit a series of written exams and/or attend interviews. Some applicants spend years studying for and resitting exams, so preparing candidates for oposiciones is a major source of work for many academias. All public-sector appointments that are open to competition are published in the BOE, an official government publication.
note See culture box in entry academia.note See culture box in entry BOE.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Machine Translators
Translate oposición using machine translators
See Machine Translations
Want to Learn Spanish?
Spanish learning for everyone. For free.
SpanishDict Premium
Have you tried it yet? Here's what's included:
Cheat sheets
No ads
Learn offline on iOS
Fun phrasebooks
Learn Spanish faster
Support SpanishDict