Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “countermand”

countermand

verb [T]     /ˌkaʊn.təˈmɑːnd/ US  /-t̬ɚˈmænd/ formal
to change an order that has already been given, especially by giving a new orderReplacing and exchanging
(Definition of countermand verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of countermand

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Replacing and exchanging, but you might be interested in these topics from the Changing and not changing topic area:

Definitions of “countermand” in other dictionaries

Translations of “countermand”

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More