against meaning

EN[əˈɡɛnst] [əˈɡeɪnst]
  • Against may refer to:
  • Against (album), a 1998 album by Brazilian metal band Sepultura
  • Against (song), the title track song from the Sepultura album
  • Against (American band), an American thrash band
  • Against (Australian band), an Australian hardcore punk band

    Definition of against in English Dictionary

  • AdverbCOMmore againstSUPmost againstPREagain-SUF-st
    1. In opposition to something.
      1. Are you for the new ring road? No, I'm against. ‎
    2. (gambling) Having a specified likelihood of not winning or happening.
      1. The second favourite won the race at odds of two to one against. ‎
  • Conjunction
    1. OBS By the time that (something happened); before.
    2. Preposition
      1. (heading, physical) A close but separated relationship.
        1. If you swim against the current, you must work harder. ‎
        2. The kennel was put against the back wall. ‎
        3. The giant was silhouetted against the door. ‎
        4. The puppy rested its head against a paw. ‎
        5. The rain pounds against the window. ‎
      2. (heading, social) A contrasting or competitive relationship.
        1. He stands out against his local classmates. ‎
        2. The Tigers will play against the Bears this weekend. ‎
        3. Are you against freedom of choice?  I'd bet against his succeeding. ‎
      3. In exchange for.
        1. As counterbalance to.
          1. As a charge on.
            1. As protection from.
              1. He turned the umbrella against the wind. ‎
            2. OBS Exposed to.
              1. In anticipation of; in preparation for (a particular time, event etc.).
              2. More Examples
                1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                  • I've nothing partickler against him--he's steady enough, I dessay.
                  • He argues against attempts to splice different genres or species of literature into a single composition.
                  • Connolly himself proved the complete pragmatist and it lies ill in his mouth to rail against lack of creativity when his influence has contributed to it.
                2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                  • Against all odds the small community college ended up in the NCAA final four.
                  • Against every pillar was a stack of billets above a man's height.
                  • Against all expectations, the accused managed to bring forth convincing evidence of his innocence.
              • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                1. Adverbs
                  • Conjunctions
                    • Morphemes
                      • Suffixes
                        • Words by suffix
                          • Words suffixed with -st
                      • Prepositions
                      Related Links:
                      1. en againstand
                      2. en againstism
                      3. en againstisms
                      4. en againstness
                      5. en against time
                      Source: Wiktionary
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                      Meaning of against for the defined word.

                      Grammatically, this word "against" is an adverb. It's also a conjunction. It's also a morpheme, more specifically, a suffixe. It's also a preposition.
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