What does against mean?

Definitions for againstəˈgɛnst, əˈgeɪnst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word against.


  1. against(Conjunction)

    By the time that (something happened); before.

  2. against(Preposition)

    In a contrary direction to.

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

  3. against(Preposition)

    Close to.

  4. against(Preposition)

    In front of; before a background.

    The giant was silhouetted against the door.

  5. against(Preposition)

    In physical contact with.

    The puppy rested its head against a paw.

  6. against(Preposition)

    In physical opposition to, or in collision with.

    The rain pounds against the window.

  7. against(Preposition)

    In contrast and/or comparison with.

    He stands out against his local classmates

  8. against(Preposition)

    In competition with, versus.

    The Tigers will play against the Bears this weekend.

  9. against(Preposition)

    In opposition to.

  10. against(Preposition)

    In exchange for.

  11. against(Preposition)

    As counterbalance to.

  12. against(Preposition)

    As a charge on.

  13. against(Preposition)

    As protection from.

    He turned the umbrella against the wind.

  14. against(Preposition)

    Exposed to.

  15. against(Preposition)

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

  16. Origin: 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

  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

  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

  4. Against

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

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


  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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hillary Clinton:

    I voted against it.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    I'm against all that.

  3. Crescans Master:

    Fear Is Weak Against Hope.

  4. Vincent Gilles:

    It was a race against time.

  5. Jon Stewart, The Daily Show: Referring to the victory of George W. Bush in the 2004 election.:

    Democracy works. Against us.

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