Verbs with contre

French verbs requiring a preposition

A number of French verbs require the preposition contre in front of a noun or stressed pronoun.

aboyer contre quelqu’un   to bark/yell at someone
s’abriter contre (le vent, la pluie)   to take shelter against (the wind, rain)
acculer quelqu’un contre   to drive someone back to/against
s’acharner contre quelqu’un   to dog, hound; to have one’s knife into
adosser contre   to stand/lean against
agir contre l’avis (de quelqu’un)   to act against (someone’s) advice
agir contre les ordres   to act against orders
aguerrir quelqu’un contre   to harden / inure someone to
aller contre le courant   to go against the current
aller contre le vent   to go into the wind
s’appuyer contre (un arbre, mur)   to lean against (a tree, wall)
s’asseoir contre (qqun)   to sit next to (someone)
se battre contre   to fight against
se blottir contre (qqun)   to cuddle next to (someone)
se cogner la tête contre le mur   to bang one’s head against the wall
donner (qqch ) contre (qqch )   to give (something) in exchange for (something)
échanger (qqch ) contre (qqch )   to exchange (something) for (something)
être contre   to be against, disagree with
être en colère contre   to be mad/angry at
être juste contre qqch   to be right next to something
se fâcher contre   to get mad/angry at
faire grève contre   to strike against
heurter contre   to stumble/knock/bang against
manifester contre   to protest against
se mettre contre (le mur, la porte)   to stand against (the wall, door)
nager contre le courant   to swim against the current
prendre le contre-pied   to take the opposing view / course
prendre parti contre   to side against
serrer qqun contre son cœur / sa poitrine   to hug someone
troquer (qqch) contre (qqch)   to swap (something) for (something)
s’unir contre   to unite against
voter contre   to vote against

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French verbs that require prepositions
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