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British English: /əˈɡɛnst/
, /əˈɡeɪnst/
American English: /əˈɡɛnst/
Against is translated by contro when it means physically touching or in opposition to: against the wall = contro il muro; is he for or against independence? = è pro o contro l'indipendenza? the fight against inflation = la lotta contro l'inflazione. - 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, grain1, 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, compete, discriminate 2, 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, match1, law, effective, etc.). - For particular usages, see the entry below.


  • 2 (objecting to)I'm against it
    sono contro, contrario
    I have nothing against it 100 votes for and 20 votes against
    100 voti a favore e 20 voti contro
    to be against the idea to be against doing
    essere contrario a fare
  • 3 (counter to, in opposition to) to go, be against
    andare, essere contro (tradition, policy)
    the conditions are against us
    le condizioni non ci sono favorevoli
    the decision went against us
    la decisione non ci fu favorevole
    the war against somebody
    la guerra contro qualcuno
    the fight against inflation Smith against Jones
    Smith contro Jones
    to pedal against the wind
  • 4 (compared to)the pound fell against the dollar
    la sterlina ha subito una caduta nei confronti del o è scesa rispetto al dollaro
    the graph shows age against earnings
    il grafico mostra i guadagni rispetto all'età
    75% this year as against 35% last year
    il 75% di quest'anno contro il 35% dell'anno scorso
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