From vs. Against: What's the Difference?
From and Against Definitions
Used to indicate a specified place or time as a starting point
Walked home from the station.
From six o'clock on. See Usage Notes at escape, whence.
In a direction or course opposite to
Row against the current.
Used to indicate a specified point as the first of two limits
From grades four to six.
So as to come into forcible contact with
Waves dashing against the shore.
Used to indicate a source, cause, agent, or instrument
A note from the teacher.
Taking a book from the shelf.
In contact with so as to rest or press on
Leaned against the tree.
Used to indicate constituent material or materials
A table made from wood.
In hostile opposition or resistance to
Struggle against fate.
Used to indicate separation, removal, or exclusion
Keep someone from making a mistake.
Liberation from bondage.
Contrary to; opposed to
Against my better judgment.
Used to indicate differentiation
Know right from wrong.
In competition with
Raced against the record holder.
Faint from hunger.
In contrast or comparison with the setting or background of
Dark colors against a fair skin.
Used to indicate source or provenance.
Paul is from New Zealand.
I got a letter from my brother.
You can't get all your news from the Internet.
In preparation for; in anticipation of
Food stored against winter.
Originating at (a year, time, etc.)
This manuscript is from the 1980s.
As a defense or safeguard from
Protection against the cold.
Used to indicate a starting point or initial reference.
He had books piled from floor to ceiling.
He departed yesterday from Chicago.
This figure has been changed from a one to a seven.
Face away from the wall!
To the account or debt of
Drew a check against my bank balance.
Indicating a starting point in time.
The working day runs from 9 am to 5 pm.
Tickets are available from 17th July.
Directly opposite to; facing.
Indicating a starting point on a range or scale.
Rate your pain from 1 to 10.
Start counting from 1.
In a contrary direction to.
It is hard work to swim against the current.
Indicating a starting point on an array or gamut of conceptual variations.
You can study anything from math to literature.
In physical opposition to; in collision with.
The rain pounds against the window.
With reference to the location or position of a speaker or other observer or vantage point.
It's hard to tell from here.
Try to see it from his point of view.
The bomb went off just 100 yards from where they were standing.
From the top of the lighthouse you can just see the mainland.
In physical contact with, so as to abut or be supported by.
The ladder was leaning against the wall.
The puppy rested its head against a paw.
The kennel was put against the back wall.
(MLE) Indicates a starting state of the predicament of the subject. since being
I’ve been doing this from pickney.
Close to, alongside.
A row of trees stood against a fence.
Indicating removal or separation.
After twenty minutes, remove the cake from the oven.
The general was ousted from power.
In front of; before (a background).
The giant was silhouetted against the door.
Denoting a subtraction operation.
20 from 31 leaves 11.
In contrast or comparison with.
He stands out against his classmates.
This report sets out the risks against the benefits.
She was barred from entering.
A parasol protects from the sun.
In competition with, versus.
The Tigers will play against the Bears this weekend.
Your opinions differ from mine.
He knows right from wrong.
Contrary to; in conflict with.
Doing this is against my principles.
It is against the law to smoke on these premises.
There was no car in sight so we crossed against the red light.
Produced with or out of (a substance or material).
It's made from pure gold.
In opposition to.
Are you against freedom of choice?
He waged a ten-year campaign against the company that was polluting the river.
I'd bet against his succeeding.
Used to indicate causation; because of, as a result of.
Too many people die from breast cancer.
Of betting odds, denoting a worse-than-even chance.
That horse is fifty-to-one against, so it has virtually no chance of winning.
Out of the neighborhood of; lessening or losing proximity to; leaving behind; by reason of; out of; by aid of; - used whenever departure, setting out, commencement of action, being, state, occurrence, etc., or procedure, emanation, absence, separation, etc., are to be expressed. It is construed with, and indicates, the point of space or time at which the action, state, etc., are regarded as setting out or beginning; also, less frequently, the source, the cause, the occasion, out of which anything proceeds; - the antithesis and correlative of to; as, it, is one hundred miles from Boston to Springfield; he took his sword from his side; light proceeds from the sun; separate the coarse wool from the fine; men have all sprung from Adam, and often go from good to bad, and from bad to worse; the merit of an action depends on the principle from which it proceeds; men judge of facts from personal knowledge, or from testimony.
Experience from the time past to the time present.
The song began from Jove.
From high Mæonia's rocky shores I came.
If the wind blow any way from shore.
Sudden partings such as pressThe life from out young hearts.
In exchange for.
The vouchers are redeemable against West End shows and theatre breaks.
As counterbalance to. en
As a charge on.
Tax is levied against income from sales.
As protection from.
He turned the umbrella against the wind.
In anticipation of; in preparation for (a particular time, event etc.).
The stores are kept well stocked against a time of need.
(Hollywood) To be paid now in contrast to the following amount to be paid later under specified circumstances, usually that a movie is made or has started filming.
The studio weren't sure the movie would ever get made, so they only paid $50,000 against $200,000. That way they wouldn't be out very much if filming never began.
(obsolete) Exposed to. en
(obsolete) By the time that (something happened); before.
Abreast; opposite to; facing; towards; as, against the mouth of a river; - in this sense often preceded by over.
Jacob saw the angels of God come against him.
From an opposite direction so as to strike or come in contact with; in contact with; upon; as, hail beats against the roof.
In opposition to, whether the opposition is of sentiment or of action; on the other side; counter to; in contrariety to; hence, adverse to; as, against reason; against law; to run a race against time.
The gate would have been shut against her.
An argument against the use of steam.
By of before the time that; in preparation for; so as to be ready for the time when.
Urijah the priest made it, against King Ahaz came from Damascus.