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against

[ uh-genst, uh-geynst ]
/ əˈgɛnst, əˈgeɪnst /
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preposition
conjunction
Archaic. before; by the time that.
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Idioms about against

    over against,
    1. positioned across from or opposite; facing: The debate teams were seated over against each other.
    2. in contrast with: rich people over against poor people.

Origin of against

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English agens, ageynes, equivalent to ageyn again + -es -s1; for -tcf. whilst, amongst
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British Dictionary definitions for against

against
/ (əˈɡɛnst, əˈɡeɪnst) /

preposition

Word Origin for against

C12: ageines, from again, ageyn, etc, again + -es genitive ending; the spelling with -t (C16) was probably due to confusion with superlatives ending in -st
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