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coun|ter1 [ `kauntər ] noun count **
▸ 1 long flat surface
▸ 2 object for board game
▸ 3 equipment that counts
▸ 4 way to oppose/stop something
▸ 5 reply to criticism
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) a long flat surface where customers are served, for example in a store or a bank:
You buy your tickets at the counter.
a cheese counter
a ) a long flat surface in a kitchen where you prepare food. British usually worktop
2. ) a small round colored object that you use in a BOARD GAME
3. ) a machine or piece of equipment that counts something and shows the total:
the casino's high-speed coin counters
a rev counter
4. ) an action you take in order to oppose or stop something or reduce its negative effect
5. ) something you say to reply to a criticism or argument:
a counter to unfair criticism
over the counter
drugs and medicines that are available over the counter can be bought without a doctor's PRESCRIPTION
under the counter
bought or sold secretly and illegally
counter
coun|ter 2 [ `kauntər ] verb *
1. ) intransitive or transitive to reply to a criticism or statement that you disagree with:
Yes, Leah countered, but the truth is you just don't want to do it.
How can we counter these rumors?
The government countered with a flurry of briefings.
2. ) transitive to take action in order to oppose or stop something or reduce its negative effects:
Caffeine is known to counter tiredness.
The movie's main characters counter the familiar racial stereotypes.
counter
coun|ter 3 [ `kauntər ] adjective, adverb
opposite or with an opposite purpose:
run counter to something: The policy is divisive, and runs counter to common sense.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Counter — Coun ter, a. Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic; as, a counter current; a counter revolution; a counter poison; a counter agent; counter fugue. Innumerable facts attesting the counter principle. I. Taylor. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counter — coun‧ter [ˈkaʊntə ǁ ər] noun [countable] 1. COMMERCE the place where you are served in a shop, bank etc: • Please pay at the checkout counter. ˈtrade ˌcounter COMMERCE a part of a shop, factory, or website where a business can buy goods for less… …   Financial and business terms

  • counter — Ⅰ. counter [1] ► NOUN 1) a long flat topped fitment over which goods are sold or served or across which business is conducted with customers. 2) a small disc used in board games for keeping the score or as a place marker. 3) a token representing… …   English terms dictionary

  • counter — counter1 [kount′ər] n. [ME countour: in senses 1 & 2 < OFr conteor < L computator < computare; in senses 3, 4, 5 < OFr contouer, counting room, table of a bank < ML computatorium < L computare,COMPUTE] 1. a) a person or thing… …   English World dictionary

  • Counter — Coun ter, adv. [F. contre, fr. L. contra against. Cf. {Contra }.] 1. Contrary; in opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise; used chiefly with run or go. [1913 Webster] Running counter to all the rules of virtue. Locks. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counter- — coun·ter / kau̇n tər/ prefix 1 a: contrary: opposite counter letter b: opposing: retaliatory counter action 2: complementary: corresponding …   Law dictionary

  • Counter- — Coun ter (koun t[ e]r ). Note: [See {Counter}, adv. ] A prefix meaning contrary, opposite, in opposition; as, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck. See {Counter}, adv. & a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Counter — Count er (koun t[ e]r), n. [OE. countere, countour, a counter (in sense 1), OF. contere, conteor, fr. conter to count. See {Count}, v. t. ] 1. One who counts, or reckons up; a calculator; a reckoner. [1913 Webster] 2. A piece of metal, ivory,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Counter — Coun ter, n. [See {Counter}, adv., {Contra}.] 1. (Naut.) The after part of a vessel s body, from the water line to the stern, below and somewhat forward of the stern proper. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) Same as {Contra}. Formerly used to designate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counter — [adj] opposite, opposing adverse, against, antagonistic, anti, antipodal, antipodean, antithetical, conflicting, contradictory, contrary, contrasting, converse, diametric, hindering, impeding, obstructive, obverse, opposed, polar, reverse;… …   New thesaurus

  • Counter — Coun ter, n. [OE. countour, OF. contouer, comptouer, F. comptoir, LL. computatorium, prop., a computing place, place of accounts, fr. L. computare. See {Count}, v. t.] A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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