against

[ uh-genst, uh-geynst ]
/ əˈgɛnst, əˈgeɪnst /

preposition

conjunction

Archaic. before; by the time that.

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Idioms for against

    over against, in contrast with: the rich over against the poor.

Origin of against

1125–75; Middle English agens, ageynes, equivalent to ageynagain + -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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Idioms and Phrases with against

against

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