Meaning of ANTI- in English
anti- /æntɪ $ æntɪ, æntaɪ/ AmE prefix
[ Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin , from Greek , from anti 'opposite, against' ]
1 . opposed to OPP pro- :
antinuclear (=opposing the use of ↑ nuclear weapons and power)
2 . the opposite of something:
anticlimax (=an unexciting ending instead of the expected exciting ending)
antimatter (=material completely opposite in kind to the ordinary material in the universe)
3 . acting to prevent something:
antifreeze (=a liquid added to a car’s engine to prevent freezing)
antiseptic (=a liquid that kills harmful bacteria)
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▪ oppose to think that a plan or idea is wrong, and to try to prevent it from happening or succeeding:
Hundreds of people wrote to oppose the scheme.
The other parties opposed the bill.
▪ be against something/be opposed to something to think that something is wrong and should not be allowed:
I used to be against the death penalty.
Most people are opposed to the privatization of the city’s public transportation system.
▪ not agree with something to think that something is wrong:
I don’t agree with training animals for entertainment.
▪ object to say or feel that something is wrong:
No one objected to the proposals.
She strongly objects to being told what to do.
▪ resist to try to prevent a change from happening, or prevent yourself from being forced to do something:
People often resist change, when they have been used to doing things in a certain way for a long time.
She resisted all attempts to teach her how to cook.
▪ anti- opposed to something – used in adjectives:
an anti-slavery movement
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012