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Etymology

Formed from again + genitive singular ending -es; the T was added later, at the end of the 14th century, probably by confusion with the superlative ending -est.

Pronunciation

Preposition

against

  1. In a contrary direction to.
    If you swim against the current you'll work far harder.
  2. Close by.
  3. In front of.
  4. in contact with.
    The puppy rested its head against his chest.
  5. In opposition or collision with.
    The rain pounded against the window.
  6. In competition with.
    The Tigers will play against the Bears this weekend.
  7. As a protection from.
    He turned the umbrella against the wind.

Antonyms

Translations

Conjunction

against

  1. (obsolete) By the time that; before.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 6:
      He now gave Mrs Deborah positive orders to take the child to her own bed, and to call up a maid-servant to provide it pap, and other things, against it waked.

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