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

     

    counter

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. 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.
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