- 1[transitive, intransitive] to reply to somebody by trying to prove that what they said is not true counter somebody/something Such arguments are not easily countered. counter that… I tried to argue but he countered that the plans were not yet finished. counter (somebody) + speech ‘But I was standing right here!’ he countered. counter (somebody/something) with something Butler has countered with a lawsuit against the firm.
- 2[transitive] counter something to do something to reduce or prevent the bad effects of something synonym counteract Businesses would like to see new laws to counter late payments of debts. Extra examples Businesses would like to see more laws to counter late payments of debts. It’s often necessary to counter negative images with positive images. The effects of job losses in manufacturing were countered by the creation of more jobs in the service industries. We need more imaginative policies to counter global warming.
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they counter
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntər//he / she / it counters
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərz//past simple countered
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərd//past participle countered
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərd//-ing form countering
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərɪŋ//