Verbs with contre

French verbs requiring a preposition

French verbs with prepositions
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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 with contre

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