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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: contre; COUNTER3


2 verb
1 [intransitive and transitive] to say something in order to try to prove that what someone said was not true or as a reply to something:
'I could ask the same thing of you,' she countered.
counter an argument/an allegation/a criticism etc
He was determined to counter the bribery allegations.
2 [transitive] to do something in order to prevent something bad from happening or to reduce its bad effects:
Exercise helps to counter the effects of stress.

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