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Definition of counterbalance verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈkaʊntərˌbæləns//
    counterbalance something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they counterbalance
    he / she / it counterbalances
    past simple counterbalanced
    -ing form counterbalancing
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  1. 1to have an equal but opposite effect to something else synonym offset
  2. 2 Parents' natural desire to protect their children should be counterbalanced by the child's need for independence.
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