Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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parts of speech:
adverb, adjective, transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
grammatical pattern:
verb + that clause
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: adverb
definition: in an opposite or contrary manner or direction.
He was drunk and driving counter to the oncoming traffic.Her ideas usually ran counter to the norm.
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part of speech: adjective
definition: contrary; opposed.
The counter current flows from west to east.The student's argument was counter to the professor's.
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contrary, reverse, thwart
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: counters, countering, countered
definition 1: to respond to in order to make ineffective; oppose.
She countered his emotional argument with factual evidence.
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contradict, oppose, rebut
definition 2: to say in response as an opposing argument or verbal return of attack.
Some academics claimed that the study gave conclusive evidence, but others countered that the methodology was flawed.[verb + that clause ] He accused her of having an affair, and she countered that he had been having one himself for years.[verb + that clause ]
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part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to go against something; take a countering action.
When one partner pronounced the job applicant perfect, the other countered by saying she lacked the right experience.
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definition 2: in boxing, to deliver a blow while receiving or blocking one from one's opponent.
He countered with his left.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something contrary or opposite, as in manner or effect.
definition 2: in boxing, a blow delivered while receiving or blocking one from one's opponent.