What does against mean?

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əˈgɛnst, əˈgeɪnstagainst

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Wiktionary

  1. againstconjunction

    By the time that (something happened); before.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  2. againstpreposition

    In a contrary direction to.

    If you swim against the current, you must work harder.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  3. againstpreposition

    Close to.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  4. againstpreposition

    In front of; before a background.

    The giant was silhouetted against the door.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  5. againstpreposition

    In physical contact with.

    The puppy rested its head against a paw.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  6. againstpreposition

    In physical opposition to, or in collision with.

    The rain pounds against the window.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  7. againstpreposition

    In contrast and/or comparison with.

    He stands out against his local classmates

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  8. againstpreposition

    In competition with, versus.

    The Tigers will play against the Bears this weekend.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  9. againstpreposition

    In opposition to.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  10. againstpreposition

    In exchange for.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  11. againstpreposition

    As counterbalance to.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  12. againstpreposition

    As a charge on.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  13. againstpreposition

    As protection from.

    He turned the umbrella against the wind.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  14. againstpreposition

    Exposed to.

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

  15. againstpreposition

    In anticipation of; in preparation for (a particular time, event etc.).

    Etymology: Formed from agenes, , a southern variant of , or directly from again, either way with adverbial genitive singular ending -es; the parasitic was added circa 1350, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Against

    abreast; opposite to; facing; towards; as, against the mouth of a river; -- in this sense often preceded by over

    Etymology: [OE. agens, ageynes, AS. ongegn. The s is adverbial, orig. a genitive ending. See Again.]

  2. Against

    from an opposite direction so as to strike or come in contact with; in contact with; upon; as, hail beats against the roof

    Etymology: [OE. agens, ageynes, AS. ongegn. The s is adverbial, orig. a genitive ending. See Again.]

  3. Against

    in opposition to, whether the opposition is of sentiment or of action; on the other side; counter to; in contrariety to; hence, adverse to; as, against reason; against law; to run a race against time

    Etymology: [OE. agens, ageynes, AS. ongegn. The s is adverbial, orig. a genitive ending. See Again.]

  4. Against

    by of before the time that; in preparation for; so as to be ready for the time when

    Etymology: [OE. agens, ageynes, AS. ongegn. The s is adverbial, orig. a genitive ending. See Again.]

Freebase

  1. Against

    Against is the seventh studio album by the Brazilian metal band Sepultura, released in 1998 through Roadrunner Records. It is the band's first release with new frontman Derrick Green, who replaced group founder Max Cavalera in 1997.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Against

    a-genst′, also a-gānst′, prep. opposite to: in opposition to: in contact or collision with: in provision for: in exchange for, instead of: (B. and Shak.) by the time that, elliptically for 'against (the time) at which' or 'that I come.' [Formed from again, with genitive ending -es, as whilst from while—the -t being a later addition, as in amongs-t, amids-t, &c.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'against' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #137

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'against' in Written Corpus Frequency: #366

How to pronounce against?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of against in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of against in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of against in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Past experience, no matter how vast or varied, cannot be the guarantee of future best performance. Experience, in my view, is often a double-edged sword that sometimes works in your favor, and many a times against. You must use experience and expertise smartly to your advantage, and never fall prey to 'Been there, done that' attitude.

  2. James Walker:

    We receive on average a call a month from a family member who loses a parent or child at sea, so why should families in an air crash be able to seek their emotional losses against the airlines, but not passengers on a pleasure cruise ship at sea ?

  3. Angela Merkel:

    For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO.

  4. Human Rights Watch:

    The Israeli government has demonstrated an intent to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians across Israel and the occupied Palestinians territory, that intent has been coupled with systematic oppression of Palestinians and inhumane acts committed against them. When these three elements occur together, they amount to the crime of apartheid.

  5. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    The Senate will finish its work on trade this week, and we will remain in session as long as it takes to do so, i would advise against making any sort of travel arrangements until the path forward becomes clear.

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