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"counter" in British English

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counternoun [C]

uk   /ˈkaʊn.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/

counter noun [C] (SURFACE)

B2 a ​long, ​flat, ​narrowsurface 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 ​findsausages on the ​meat counter/​rolls on the ​bread counter. mainly US (UK usually worktop, work surface) a kitchen counter : We ​stacked the ​dirtyplates on the kitchen counter.
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counter noun [C] (OBJECT IN GAME)

C2 (US also piece) a ​smallobject used to ​mark someone's ​place in some ​gamesplayed on ​boards

counter noun [C] (DOING COUNTING)

a ​person or ​machine that ​counts

counterverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈkaʊn.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
to ​react to something with an ​opposingopinion or ​action, or to ​defend yourself against something: After the ​governmentbombedtheircamp, the ​rebels countered with an ​attack on the ​capital. When ​criticisms were made of the school's ​performance, the ​parents' ​group countered withdetails of ​itsexamresults. Extra ​police have been ​moved into the ​area to counter the ​risk of ​violence.

counteradverb

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.

counter-prefix

uk   /kaʊn.tə/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
opposing or as a ​reaction to something: a ​counterattack (= an ​attack on someone who has ​attacked you)
(Definition of counter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"counter" in American English

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counternoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑʊn·tər/

counter noun [C] (SURFACE)

a ​long, ​flat, ​narrowsurface 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 ​flatsurface in a ​kitchen on which ​food can be ​prepared.

counterverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈkɑʊn·tər/

counter verb [I/T] (OPPOSE)

to ​react to something with an ​opposingopinion or ​action; to ​defend yourself against something: [T] To counter the inaccuracies in the ​movie, researchers used ​computermodels to ​projectclimatechanges.

counteradverb [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 ​playsran counter to (= was ​directlyopposite to) his parent’s ​expectations.
(Definition of counter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"counter" in Business English

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counternoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkaʊntər/ COMMERCE
the ​place where ​customers go to be ​served or to ​buygoods in a ​store: Please ​pay at the counter. You will ​find rolls on the bread counter. the ​checkout counter He ​serves behind the counter at the ​local deli.
across/over the counter goods or ​services that are ​sold or ​available over the counter can be ​bought or obtained without needing ​officialpermission, for ​example, from a ​doctor or someone in ​authority: Bonds are ​sold over the counter, with ​pricesquotedprivately to the ​client. Regulators ​declinedpermission for the ​remedy to be ​sold over the counter.
under the counter goods or ​services that are ​sold or ​available under the counter can be ​bought or obtained secretly and sometimes ​illegally: Pirate ​DVDs are ​available under the counter in pubs and ​clubs everywhere. under-the-counter ​deals
(Definition of counter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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