Meaning of “countermand” in the English Dictionary

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"countermand" in British English

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countermandverb [ T ]

uk /ˌkaʊn.təˈmɑːnd/ us /ˌkaʊn.t̬ɚˈmænd/ formal

Examples from literature

  • As your superior, I countermanded that will! 
  • His plan is abandoned, and the orders countermanded. 
  • I thought at first she was going to the church to countermand the wedding preparations. 
  • The man told her that he understood that she had countermanded her order. 
  • The movement was countermanded and the troops were withdrawn. 

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

"countermand" in Business English

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countermandverb [ T ]

uk /ˌkaʊntəˈmɑːnd/ us formal

to change an order that has already been given, especially by giving a new order:

Oral approval will form part of the agreement unless it is countermanded by the client within two working days.

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