against

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[a·gainst]

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

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


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

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

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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.

prep.
By of before the time that; in preparation for; so as to be ready for the time when.


Against

A*gainst" (?; 277), prep. [OE. agens, ageynes, AS. ongegn. The s is adverbial, orig. a genitive ending. See Again.] 1. Abreast; opposite to; facing; towards; as, against the mouth of a river; -- in this sense often preceded by over.
Jacob saw the angels of God come against him.
2. From an opposite direction so as to strike or come in contact with; in contact with; upon; as, hail beats against the roof. 3. 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.
The gate would have been shut against her.
An argument against the use of steam.
4. By of before the time that; in preparation for; so as to be ready for the time when. [Archaic or Dial.]
Urijah the priest made it, against King Ahaz came from Damascus.
Against the sun, in a direction contrary to that in which the sun appears to move.

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

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Usage Examples

A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice.

'Do What You Gotta Do' is a positive, inspirational song that says no matter what it is whether you're up against challenges or trying to get your dreams and aspirations met, you should do what whatever you have to do shy of killing yourself or someone else.

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.

A love of nature is a consolation against failure.

A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.

A national legal organization is giving very serious thought to using The Betrayal of America as a legal basis for asking the House Judiciary Committee to institute impeachment proceedings against these five justices.

A strong man doesn't have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn't match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world.

A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this - that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made - not to understand - but to feel - as crime.

A man with money is no match against a man on a mission.

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences.

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