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counter

noun [C]  us   /ˈkɑʊn·tər/

counter noun [C] (SURFACE)

a long, flat, narrow surface in a store, bank, restaurant, etc., at which people are served: He sat down at the counter of the diner and ordered a cup of coffee. A counter is also a flat surface in a kitchen on which food can be prepared.

counter

verb [I/T]  us   /ˈkɑʊn·tər/

counter verb [I/T] (OPPOSE)

to react to something with an opposing opinion or action; to defend yourself against something: [T] To counter the inaccuracies in the movie, researchers used computer models to project climate changes.

counter

adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈkɑʊn·tər/

counter adverb [not gradable] (BY OPPOSING)

in a way that opposes an opinion or action: David’s decision to drop out of school to write plays ran counter to (= was directly opposite to) his parent’s expectations.
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