- The definition of against is someone or something with which you disagree.
To vote “No” on a proposal is an example of voting against the proposal.
- Against means something that is going the other way.
Walking north into the wind that is blowing south is an example of walking against the wind.
against definition by Webster's New World
- in opposition to or competition with: a fight against evil
- contrary to: against one's will
- toward so as to press on or strike: push against the door; throw the ball against the wall
- in contact with: a ladder leaned against the barn
- opposite to the course or direction of: driving against the traffic
- in contrast with: green against the gold
- in comparison with: items checked against a list
- in preparation for; for the possibility of: we provided against a poor crop
- as a debit or charge on: a bill entered against our account
- Now Dial. next to; adjoining: the house against the church
Origin: Middle English ayeynst, opposite to, facing ; from Old English ongegn, ongean (see again), with adv. genitive -es plush unhistoric -t
against definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- In a direction or course opposite to: row against the current.
- So as to come into forcible contact with: waves dashing against the shore.
- In contact with so as to rest or press on: leaned against the tree.
- In hostile opposition or resistance to: struggle against fate.
- Contrary to; opposed to: against my better judgment.
- In competition with: race against the record holder.
- In contrast or comparison with the setting or background of: dark colors against a fair skin.
- In preparation for; in anticipation of: food stored against winter.
- As a defense or safeguard from: protection against the cold.
- To the account or debt of: drew a check against my bank balance.
- Directly opposite to; facing.
Origin: Middle English, alteration of againes, from Old English ongeagn.
against - Phrases/Idioms
- opposite to
- as compared with