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definition of the word against

by the Wiktionnary

Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
again also away #147: against though get eyes

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.


  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.

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