go against

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of go against

1 :to not agree with (something)
  • I won't do anything that goes against my conscience/beliefs/principles.
  • values that go against those of society
2 :to oppose (someone or something)
  • He was surprised when some of his former supporters went against him.
  • He was reluctant to go against his parents' wishes.
3 :to compete against (a player or team) in a contest or game
  • The Red Sox will be going against the Yankees in tonight's game.
4 :to not be good for (someone) :to not produce the result that is wanted by (someone)
  • Everything seemed to be going against her but she didn't give up hope.
  • The verdict went against the defendant.

Word by Word Definitions

go play
  1. : to move on a course : proceed — compare stop

  2. : to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave, depart

  3. : to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. : the act or manner of going

  2. : the height of fashion : rage

  3. : an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence

  1. : functioning properly : being in good and ready condition

  1. : a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

against play
  1. : in opposition or hostility to

  2. : contrary to

  3. : in competition with

  1. : in preparation for the time when


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