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Definition of counter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they counter
    he / she / it counters
    past simple countered
    -ing form countering
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] counter (somebody/something) (with something) to reply to someone 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 with something Butler has countered with a lawsuit against the firm.
  2. 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.
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