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Definition of counterbalance verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

counterbalance

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they counterbalance
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈbæləns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkaʊntərˈbæləns//
 
he / she / it counterbalances
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈbælənsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkaʊntərˈbælənsɪz//
 
past simple counterbalanced
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈbælənst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkaʊntərˈbælənst//
 
past participle counterbalanced
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈbælənst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkaʊntərˈbælənst//
 
-ing form counterbalancing
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈbælənsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkaʊntərˈbælənsɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈbæləns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkaʊntərˈbæləns//
 
counterbalance something (formal) to have an equal but opposite effect to something else synonym offset Parents' natural desire to protect their children should be counterbalanced by the child's need for independence. The fact that he cannot see is more than counterbalanced by his heightened perception of sound and touch. We aim to counterbalance management jargon with plain understandable English.
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