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

 

countermand

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈmɑːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərmænd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they countermand
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈmɑːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərmænd//
 
he / she / it countermands
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈmɑːndz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərmændz//
 
past simple countermanded
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈmɑːndɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərmændɪd//
 
past participle countermanded
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈmɑːndɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərmændɪd//
 
-ing form countermanding
BrE BrE//ˌkaʊntəˈmɑːndɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərmændɪŋ//
 
 
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countermand something (formal) to cancel an order that has been given, especially by giving a different order He appeared to be countermanding orders as fast as they were given. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French contremander (verb), contremand (noun), from medieval Latin contramandare, from contra- ‘against’ + mandare ‘to order’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: countermand