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English definition of “counter”

counter

verb [I or T]     /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.Answering and responding
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