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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.
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.
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?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.