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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-genst, uh-geynst]
    • /əˈgɛnst, əˈgeɪnst/
    • /əˈɡenst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-genst, uh-geynst]
    • /əˈgɛnst, əˈgeɪnst/

Definitions of against word

  • preposition against If one thing is leaning or pressing against another, it is touching it. 3
  • preposition against If you are against something such as a plan, policy, or system, you think it is wrong, bad, or stupid. 3
  • preposition against Against is also an adverb. 3
  • preposition against If you compete against someone in a game, you try to beat them. 3
  • preposition against If you take action against someone or something, you try to harm them. 3
  • preposition against If you take action against a possible future event, you try to prevent it. 3

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Origin of against

First appearance:

before 1125
One of the 6% oldest English words
1125-75; Middle English agens, ageynes, equivalent to ageyn again + -es -s1; for -t cf. whilst, amongst

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Against


against popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

against usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for against

prep against

  • across — If someone or something goes across a place or a boundary, they go from one side of it to the other.
  • adjacent — If one thing is adjacent to another, the two things are next to each other.
  • con — Con is the written abbreviation for constable, when it is part of a policeman's title.
  • facing — the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.
  • opposing — to act against or provide resistance to; combat.

adjective against

  • obstructive — to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass: Debris obstructed the road.
  • unaccommodating — easy to deal with; eager to help or please; obliging.
  • contradictory — If two or more facts, ideas, or statements are contradictory, they state or imply that opposite things are true.
  • inconsonant — not consonant or in accord.
  • opposed — to act against or provide resistance to; combat.

preposition against

  • next to — immediately following in time, order, importance, etc.: the next day; the next person in line.
  • alongside — If one thing is alongside another thing, the first thing is next to the second.
  • beside — Something that is beside something else is at the side of it or next to it.
  • touching — affecting; moving; pathetic: a touching scene of farewell.

adverb against

  • at any cost — If you say that something must be done at any cost, you are emphasizing that it must be done, even if this requires a lot of effort or money.
  • conversely — You say conversely to indicate that the situation you are about to describe is the opposite or reverse of the one you have just described.
  • for all that — the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration): all the cake; all the way; all year.
  • contrariwise — from a contrasting point of view; on the other hand
  • regardless — having or showing no regard; heedless; unmindful (often followed by of).

noun against

  • nay — and not only so but; not only that but also; indeed: many good, nay, noble qualities.

Antonyms for against

adjective against

  • sympathetic — characterized by, proceeding from, exhibiting, or feeling sympathy; sympathizing; compassionate: a sympathetic listener.
  • supporting — to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.); serve as a foundation for.

preposition against

  • for — for loop
  • in favor of — something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act: to ask a favor.
  • pro — in favor of a proposition, opinion, etc.

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