Definition of against
1a : in opposition or hostility to spoke against his enemiesb : contrary to against the lawc : in competition with racing against each otherd : as a basis for disapproval of had nothing against him
2a : directly opposite : facing … she sat down just over against me … — Daniel Defoeb obsolete : exposed to
3 : compared or contrasted with profits are up against last year
4a : in preparation or provision for saving against an uncertain futureb : as a defense or protection from a shelter against the cold
5a : in the direction of and into contact with knocked against the ropesb : in contact with leaning against the wall
6 : in a direction opposite to the motion or course of : counter to sail against the wind
7a : as a counterbalance to weighing risk against profitb : in exchange for a lower rate against the dollarc : as a charge on charged against her account
8 : before the background of viewed against the sky
Examples of against in a sentence
We must continue the struggle for justice and against injustice.
She voted against the proposal.
He spoke against appeasing the enemy.
Some people were for the proposal but others were against it.
There's a law against doing that.
two runners racing against each other
Touching the ball with your hands is against the rules.
Origin and Etymology of against
Middle English, alteration of againes, from again
First Known Use: 13th century
Definition of against
: in preparation for the time when … throw on another log of wood against father comes home. — Charles Dickens
AGAINST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of against for English Language Learners
: in opposition to (someone or something)
: in competition with (someone or something)
—used to indicate the person or thing that is affected or harmed by something
AGAINST Defined for Kids
Definition of against for Students
1 : opposed to Everyone was against her idea.
2 : not agreeing with or allowed by against the law
3 : as protection from We built a shelter against the cold.
4 : in or into contact with The ball bounced against the wall.
5 : in a direction opposite to against the wind
6 : before the background of green trees against a blue sky
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