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

 

counterpoint

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəpɔɪnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərpɔɪnt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they counterpoint
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəpɔɪnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərpɔɪnt//
 
he / she / it counterpoints
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəpɔɪnts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərpɔɪnts//
 
past simple counterpointed
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəpɔɪntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərpɔɪntɪd//
 
past participle counterpointed
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəpɔɪntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərpɔɪntɪd//
 
-ing form counterpointing
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəpɔɪntɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərpɔɪntɪŋ//
 
 
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counterpoint something (with/against something) (formal) to contrast something with something else; to form a contrast with something Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French contrepoint, from medieval Latin contrapunctum ‘(song) pricked or marked over against (the original melody)’, from contra- ‘against’ + punctum, from pungere ‘to prick’.
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