Meaning of “counterbalance” in the English Dictionary

"counterbalance" in British English

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(Definition of “counterbalance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"counterbalance" in Business English

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counterbalanceverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkaʊntəˌbæləns/ us /-ṱɚ-/

to have an equal but opposite effect on something in a positive way, so that it does not have too much of a particular characteristic:

Investment in forestry projects is intended to counterbalance the effects of carbon emissions.
Short-term losses in revenue will be counterbalanced by new business opportunities.

counterbalancenoun [ C, usually singular ]

/ˈkaʊntəˌbæləns/ /-ṱɚ-/

something that has an equal and opposite effect on something in a positive way:

counterbalance to sth Internet lobby groups have been a welcome counterbalance to the power of the multinationals.

(Definition of “counterbalance” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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