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British English: /əˈɡɛnst/
, /əˈɡeɪnst/
American English: /əˈɡɛnst/

Translation of against in French:


Against is translated by contre when it means physically touching or in opposition to: against the wall = contre le mur; he's against independence = il est contre l'indépendance; the fight against inflation = la lutte contre l'inflation.If you have any doubts about how to translate a fixed phrase or expression beginning with against ( against the tide, against the clock, against the grain, against all odds etc) you should consult the appropriate noun entry ( tide, clock grain odds etc). against often appears in English with certain verbs ( turn against, compete against, discriminate against, stand out against etc). For translations you should consult the appropriate verb entry ( turn against compete discriminate stand etc). against often appears in English after certain nouns and adjectives ( protection against, a match against, a law against, effective against etc). For translations consult the appropriate noun or adjective entry ( protection match law effective etc). For particular usages see below.
  • 1 (physically) against the wall
    contre le mur
  • 2 (objecting to) I'm against it
    je suis contre
    I have nothing against it
    je n'ai rien contre
    100 votes for and 20 votes against
    100 votes pour et 20 votes contre
    to be against the idea
    s'opposer à l'idée, être contre l'idée
    to be against doing
    ne pas être d'accord pour faire, être contre l'idée de faire
  • 3 (counter to) to go ou be against
    aller à l'encontre de (tradition, policy)
    the conditions are against us
    les conditions ne nous sont pas favorables
    the decision went against us
    la décision ne nous a pas été favorable
    to pedal against the wind
    pédaler contre le vent
  • 4 (in opposition to) the war against somebody
    la guerre contre quelqu'un
    the fight against inflation
    la lutte contre l'inflation
    Smith against Jones
    Smith contre Jones
  • 5 (compared to) the pound fell against the dollar
    la livre a baissé par rapport au dollar
    the graph shows age against earnings
    le graphique représente la courbe des salaires en fonction de l'âge
  • 6 (in contrast to) the blue looks pretty against the yellow
    le bleu est joli sur le jaune
    against a background of
    sur un fond de
    against the light to stand out against
    (houses, trees etc)
    se détacher sur (sky, sunset)
  • 7 (in exchange for) against a voucher from the airline
    contre un or en échange d'un bon distribué par la compagnie aérienne
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