Share this entry
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
Definition of against in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources