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react against (someone or something)

To do something as a response meant to counter or thwart someone or something. It seems like the economy is reacting against the sudden overabundance of natural oil that has seen fuel prices plummet. We are not simply reacting against the senator nor his policies.
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react to (someone or something)

To do something as a response to the something or someone's actions. Our country will react swiftly and mercilessly to this outrage. My mother reacted very strongly to the news that my brother had been killed overseas. Don't react to him, Tom. He's just trying to get your attention, the way all toddlers do.
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react against someone or something

to respond negatively to someone or something. Why did she react against me so strongly? There is no need to react against the plan with such force.
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react to someone or something

to act in response to someone or something. You made some very good points. I would like to take some time to react to you. How did Mary react to the news?
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If you often find yourself blaming, complaining, condemning or judging; you can be sure that you're reacting rather than responding.
The reacting IgG class antibody, which was purified from normal human serum by affinity chromatography on bupleuran 2IIc (a pharmacologically active pectic polysaccharide from the roots of Bupleurum falcatum)-immobilized Sepharose, showed cross-reactivity not only with some other pharmacologically active pectic polysaccharides from other medicinal herbs but also with autoantigens such as single-strand DNA, myosin and tublin from mammals.
Summarizing and reacting also have a solid foundation in the literature as being educationally viable.
Although reacting sodium bicarbonate with pyrophosphates is the ideal method for aerating batter systems, difficulty is frequently experienced in delaying this reaction for long enough to prepare a mix and refrigerate it for future use.
But the rig managers might have been reacting to a new tone at the oil giant.
We're paying closer attention to the sites and reacting more proactively to them," said Zoe Younker, a State Farm Group spokeswoman.
The schoolyard shootings that occurred in several states during the 1997/98 school year prompted school officials and police to examine their procedures for reacting to these tragedies.
But we must understand that, in reacting against this notion of Latin Americanism, or Africanism, one is not necessarily reacting against stereotypes - one is reacting against expectations.
For example, every tablespoonful of human blood contains about 10 white blood cells, called T cells, capable of reacting against myelin.
Summary: The UAE Minister of Energy said on Monday the oil markets were well supplied while prices were reacting to political uncertainty in Egypt.
Scientists had predicted that plants, like animals, would detect danger by reacting to specific molecules that usually mean trouble.