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counter

noun [C] uk   /ˈkaʊn.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/

counter noun [C] (SURFACE)

B2 a long, flat, narrow surface or table in a shop, bank, restaurant, etc. at which people are served: There was nobody behind/on the counter when I went into the bank, and I had to wait to be served. You will find sausages on the meat counter/rolls on the bread counter. mainly US a flat surface in a kitchen, especially on top of low furniture, on which food can be prepared: We stacked the dirty plates on the kitchen counter.
See also

counter noun [C] (OBJECT IN GAME)

C2 (US also piece) a small object used to mark someone's place in some games played on boards

counter noun [C] (DOING COUNTING)

a person or machine that counts

counter

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈkaʊn.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
to react to something with an opposing opinion or action, or to defend yourself against something: The prime minister countered the opposition's claims about health service cuts by saying that the government had increased spending in this area. When criticisms were made of the school's performance, the parents' group countered with details of its exam results. Extra police have been moved into the area to counter the risk of violence.

counter

adverb uk   /ˈkaʊn.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
C2 in a way that opposes something: Bob's decision not to take the job ran counter to his family's expectations.
(Definition of counter noun, verb, adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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