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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
be against preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (opposed to)essere contro, essere contrario a vi
 Many Americans are against the war.
 Molti americani sono contro la guerra.
against preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (in contact with)contro, su prep
 Lean the ladder against the wall when you're not using it.
 Appoggia la scala contro il muro quando non la usi.
against preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (in contrast to)rispetto a, in confronto a, in rapporto a prep
  sullo sfondo di prep
 The buildings looked small against the mountains behind them.
 Gli edifici sembravano piccoli rispetto alle montagne dietro di loro.
against preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (sport: opposing)contro prep
 My team is playing against the national champions.
 La mia squadra gioca contro i campioni nazionali.
against preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (to the detriment of)contro prep
 Mark's errors counted against him in the final scoring.
 Gli errori di Mark hanno giocato contro di lui nel punteggio finale.
against preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (in defence of)contro prep
 The army exists to protect against invasion.
 L'esercito esiste per proteggere lo stato contro le invasioni.
against preppreposition: Relates noun or pronoun to another element of sentence--for example, "a picture of John," "She walked from my house to yours." (in compensation for)per prep
 I have been awarded six thousand pounds against the loss I suffered.
 Sono stato risarcito di seimila sterline per la perdita che ho sofferto.
  Manca qualcosa di importante? Segnala un errore o suggerisci miglioramenti

WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2015:

Compound Forms/Forme composte
advance against avanzare contro
advise against [sth] vi + prep (warn [sth] is unwise)sconsigliare vtr
 I'd advise against that course of action.
 Sconsiglierei di agire in questo modo.
advise against doing [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (warn not to do [sth])sconsigliare di fare qlcs, consigliare di non fare qlcs vi
 I'd advise against travelling alone in the desert.
advise [sb] against [sth] vtr + prep (warn [sb] [sth] is unwise)sconsigliare vtr
 I'd advise you against that approach, which can be costly.
advise [sb] against doing [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (warn [sb] not to do [sth])sconsigliare di fare qlcs, consigliare di non fare qlcs vi
 I'd advise you against sailing today; the weather is turning nasty.
against all odds advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (highly improbably)contro ogni previsione
 Julie fell out of the moving train. She survived against all odds.
 Julie è caduta dal treno in corsa. È sopravvissuta contro ogni previsione.
against expectations advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (surprisingly)contro ogni aspettativa
  a sorpresa
against his will,
against her will
advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
(in opposition to wishes)contro la sua volontà
 Abby was taken to the cabin in the woods against her will.
 Abby è stata portata nella capanna nel bosco contro la sua volontà.
against regulations non a norma
against the clock advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (under pressure of time)contro il tempo
 It's seems as though I am always working against the clock! These deadlines are ridiculous.
against the flow advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (opposite the current) (corsi d'acqua)controcorrente avv
  controflusso avv
  (circolazione stradale)contromano avv
 She set her kayak against the flow and began to paddle upstream.
 Ha girato il kayak contro il flusoo dell'acqua e ha iniziato a vogare controcorrente.
against the flow advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (against general movement)controflusso avv
 As the crowd of lemmings moved toward the cliff, a single animal went against the flow, heading back to the tundra.
 Mentre la massa di lemming si dirigeva verso il dirupo, un solo animale si è mosso controflusso tornando verso la tundra.
against the flow advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." figurative (contrary to conventional opinion)in controtendenza avv
  controcorrente avv
 All my friends are going to college next year, but I'm going against the flow and attending a technical school.
 L'anno prossimo miei amici vanno al college, ma io vado in controtendenza e mi iscriverò a una scuola professionale.
against the law adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (illegal)contrario alla legge
 Smoking marijuana is against the law.
against the law advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (illegally)illegalmente avv
 He was driving against the law as he had just guzzled down seven pints of beer.
against the sun nella direzione contraria al movimento del sole
against the tide contro corrente
against the wind contro vento
against the wind controvento adj
against time adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (under pressure of time)contro il tempo
 Residents are in a race against time as flood waters begin to crest along the river.
 Gli abitanti sono in corsa contro il tempo mentre le acque del fiume iniziano ad alzarsi.
against time advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (under pressure of time)contro il tempo
 They're racing against time to find a cure for her illness.
 Stanno facendo una corsa contro il tempo per trovare una cura contro la sua malattia.
against your will contro la tua volontà
battle against [sth] vi + prep figurative (strenuously oppose)lottare contro, combattere contro vi
  dare battaglia a vtr
 He battled in vain against the factory closures.
 Ha lottato invano contro la chiusura della fabbrica.
battle against [sb] vi + prep figurative (strenuously oppose)lottare contro, combattere contro vi
  dare battaglia a vtr
  (non comune)battagliare contro vi
 Ed Miliband battled against his brother David for leadership of the Labour party.
battle against [sth]  (battaglia)lotta contro qc nf
be insured against all liability v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (have protection against 3rd-party claims)essere assicurato contro ogni responsabilità v
bear against portare contro
bid against [sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (make a competing offer against) (aste, gare)fare un'offerta più alta di qlcn vtr
brush up against [sth/sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (touch)strusciarsi v rif
  toccare vtr
  (leggermente)sfiorare vtr
 I brushed up against him just as he was leaving.
 L'ho sfiorato passando mentre lui stava uscendo.
butt against urtare contro
butt up against [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be adjacent to)essere adiacente a vi
  (adiacente)essere a filo con vi
 The decorative moulding butts up against the door.
 La cornice decorativa è a filo con la porta.
campaign against (political)campagna contro nf
come up against [sb/sth] vi phrasal + prep (encounter: opposition, obstacle) (figurato)scontrarsi con qlcn, scontrarsi con qlcs vi
 The work is behind schedule because we came up against some unexpected problems.
come up against [sb] vi phrasal + prep (compete with [sb])essere in competizione con qlcn vi
  competere con qlcn vi
 Davies will come up against last year's champion in the semi-final of the competition.
compete against [sth/sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (rival)competere con, gareggiare con vi
 Edwards will be competing against some of the best athletes in the world.
compete against/with [sb] for [sth] competere con qc per qc vi
count against [sb] vi + prep (be detrimental)pesare negativamente vi
  penalizzare vtr
 His criminal record will count against him when he starts applying for jobs.
 La sua fedina penale peserà negativamente quando inizierà a cercare lavoro.
crime against humanity nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (atrocity)crimine contro l'umanità nm
 Genocide is a crime against humanity.
 Il genocidio è un crimine contro l'umanità.
Crimes Against Persons nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (law: violent offences)delitti contro la persona
crusade against [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] figurative (campaign against, oppose)fare una crociata contro, intraprendere una crociata contro vtr
 She's always crusading against injustice, wherever she finds it.
dead against [sb/sth] adv + prep informal (totally opposed to)del tutto contrario a qlcs, completamente contrario a qlcs agg
 I wanted to go to Art School, but my parents were dead against it.
 Volevo andare all'accademia di belle arti ma i miei genitori erano del tutto contrari.
demonstrate against [sth/sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (protest publicly about)protestare contro
  dimostrare contro
 Protesters are demonstrating against the government.
discriminate against [sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (act with prejudice against)discriminare vtr
 It is illegal to discriminate against someone because of his or her age.
fight against combattere contro
fight back against [sth/sb] vi phrasal + prep (try to combat)reagire a qlcs vi
  contrattaccare qlcn vtr
  sferrare un contrattacco a qlcn vtr
fight back against [sth/sb] vi phrasal + prep figurative (try to combat) (figurato)reagire a vi
  (figurato)contrattaccare, combattere contro vtr
  (figurato)sferrare un contrattacco a vtr
find against [sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (law: judge to be wrong) (giuridico)emettere sentenza contro, emettere sentenza contraria a vtr
 The jury found against the defendants, who were ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages.
 La giuria emise una sentenza contro gli imputati, che furono costretti a pagare danni per milioni di dollari.
fulminate against [sth] or [sb] vi + prep (denounce, criticize strongly)denunciare, criticare vtr
  attaccare vtr
  scagliarsi contro v rif
go against [sth/sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (not comply with)andare contro vi
 If you go against his wishes, he will make things difficult for you.
 * Chi va contro le regole talvolta può avere dei buoni motivi.
go against [sth/sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (be in opposition to)andare contro vi
 To go against the mob takes courage.
 * Ci vuole coraggio ad andare contro chi è più forte di te.
  dare contro vi
 * Non puoi sempre dare contro a tua sorella, solo per il gusto di farlo!
go against the grain v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (be unconventional)andare contro al buon senso vi
 Va contro al buon senso sprecare così tanto cibo quando ci sono tante persone che hanno fame.
go against the grain v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (be uncharacteristic)non essere da qlcn vi
 Your acting dishonestly certainly goes against the grain.
 Non è da te agire in modo disonesto.
guard against [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (prevent)proteggere da qlcs vtr
 Wear a sunhat to guard against sunburn.
 Indossa un cappello da sole per proteggerti dalle scottature.
have a bias against [sb/sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be prejudiced against)avere un pregiudizio contro qlcn/qlcs vtr
  essere prevenuti contro qlcn/qlcs vi
 They have a bias against assertive women.
 Hanno un pregiudizio contro le donne troppo sicure di sé.
have no proof against s.o. non avere prove contro qcn
hold a grudge against [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (resent: [sb])portare rancore verso qlcn vtr
 Peter holds a grudge against his co-worker, who received the promotion that Peter was hoping for.
hold [sth] against [sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (resent [sb] for [sth])rinfacciare vtr
 They still hold my past mistakes against me.
 Mi rinfacciano ancora gli errori del passato.
hold it against [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (bear a grudge)portare rancore vtr
  (informale)avercela con qlcn vtr
 She insulted him years ago, and he still holds it against her.
 Lei l'aveva insultato anni fa, e lui ancora le porta rancore.
 Anni fa lei ha insultato lui, e ora lui ce l'ha ancora con lei.
hold [sth] against [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (hold a grudge) (essere arrabbiato con qualcuno)avercela con qcn vtr
 I won't hold it against you if you don't want to join me.
 Ce l'aveva con me perché non ero andata alla sua festa.
hope against hope v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (stay optimistic)continuare a sperare vi
 We are hoping against hope that one day he'll come home to us.
house divided against itself casa divisa da lotte intestine
information against contro informazione
information against informazioni contro
Italian government agency for the insurance against work-related injuries  (Istituto Nazionale per l'Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro)I.N.A.I.L. nm
kick against [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (rebel against or resist)opporsi a, ribellarsi a v rif
  insorgere contro vi
 Jesse has always had a tendency to kick against authority.
labor against [sth],
UK: labour
vi + prep
US (work to prevent) (figurato)battersi contro v rif
  impegnarsi contro v rif
 We must continue to labor against this discrimination.
lash out against [sb] vi phrasal + prep (attack verbally)prendersela con, urlare contro, sfogarsi con vi
 She bottles up her anger towards her mother and then lashes out against her husband for no reason.
 Tiene dentro di sé le frustrazioni che le causa sua madre e poi se la prende con il marito senza motivo.
lean against [sth] vi + prep (put one's weight against for support)appoggiarsi a v rif
 He felt dizzy and had to lean against the wall for support.
 Gli girava la testa e ha dovuto appoggiarsi al muro per tenersi in piedi.
lean [sth] against [sth] vtr + prep (prop: [sth] up on [sth])appoggiare su, poggiare su vtr
 The thief leaned his ladder against the wall of the house.
 Il ladro ha appoggiato la scala a pioli contro il muro della casa.
lean against [sth] vi + prep (be propped against [sth])essere appoggiato a vi
 The board is leaning against the wall.
 La tavola è appoggiata al muro.
march against [sth/sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (demonstrate, protest about)marciare contro, dimostrare contro vi
 The protesters went to Washington to march against increased taxes.
 I manifestanti andarono a Washington per marciare contro l'aumento delle tasse.
matched against [sb/sth] adj + prep (in competition)dover gareggiare contro vi
militate against [sth] vi + prep (prevent)militare contro vi
over against di fronte a
pit [sb] against [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (force [sb] to compete with [sb])metter qn contro qualcun'altro
pitted against [sb] adj + prep (in competition with)messo in competizione con agg
play against [sth/sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (have as an opponent)giocare con, giocare contro vi
 Every time I play against Tom, he beats me in every game.
 * Da anni gioco a scacchi con Camillo e lui mi batte regolarmente, ogni volta!
play off (s.o against s.o.) mettere una persona contro l'altra
play [sb] against [sb] mettere uno contro l'altro vtr
press your head against premere la testa contro vtr
protest against protestare contro
provide against [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (guarantee or insure against)far fronte a, proteggersi da vi
 We keep a cellar full of canned food to provide against shortages.
push against [sth/sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (put up resistance to)spingere vtr
race against time nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (urgent task)corsa contro il tempo nf
 We're in a race against time: the deadline's close of business today!
 Siamo in corsa contro il tempo: la scadenza è oggi, in chiusura del giorno lavorativo.
rise against [sth/sb] vi + prep (resist, protest against)sollevarsi contro, rivoltarsi contro v rif
 The slaves plan to rise against their masters.
 Gli schiavi hanno intenzione di sollevarsi contro i padroni.
rise up against vi phrasal + prepsollevarsi contro, ribellarsi contro v rif
  insorgere contro vi
 The people of Mexico rose up against the dictator.
rule against decretare contro
rule against pronunciarsi a sfavore di
run against andare contro
run against imbattersi in
run against urtare v
run up against imbattersi in
set [sb] against [sb/sth] vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (cause to oppose [sb] or [sth])mettere qlcn contro qlcn/qlcs, aizzare qlcn contro qlcn/qlcs vtr
 Please don't set him against me by spreading rumors that I talk about him behind his back.
 Per favore non aizzarmelo contro raccontando in giro che sparlo alle sue spalle.
set [sth] against [sth] vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (contrast with)contrapporre a, paragonare a, confrontare con vtr
 This amount of money looks very small if you set it against what we spend each year on marketing.
 Questa somma di denaro sembra piccolissima se paragonata a quanto spendiamo per il marketing ogni anno.
set off against controbilanciare v
speak out against [sth/sb] vi phrasal + prep (state one's opposition to)dichiararsi contrario a v rif
 Many people speak out against domestic violence.
 Molti si dichiarano contrari alla violenza domestica.
stand up against [sb/sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] figurative (oppose actively)prendere posizione contro vi
  opporsi a v rif
 We must stand up against racism.
 Dobbiamo opporci al razzismo.
stand up against [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (withstand: wear, stress)resistere a vi
 Concrete construction is used in the tropics because it will stand up against hurricanes and insects.
 Nelle aree tropicali si fanno costruzioni in muratura perché resistono meglio agli uragani e agli insetti.
struggle against [sb/sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (try to combat)lottare contro vi
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