Definition Of against


in anticipation of and preparation for (a problem or difficulty).

insurance against sickness and unemployment

in conceptual contrast to.

the benefits must be weighed against the costs

in opposition to.

the fight against crime

in or into physical contact with (something), typically so as to be supported by or collide with it.

she stood with her back against the door

Example Of against

  • against your will

  • An appeal against the council's decision was turned down two months later.

  • An officer cannot appeal against a decision for an allegation to be formally investigated.

  • Black clouds obscure flashes of orange light against the night sky in the city.

  • But he said they were an important weapon in the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

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