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counteractverb [T]

 us   /ˌkɑʊn·tərˈækt/
to ​reduce or ​remove the ​effect of something by ​producing an ​oppositeeffect: The ​tax must be ​adjustedupward to counteract ​inflation.
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counteractverb [T]

uk   /ˌkaʊn.tərˈækt/  us   /-t̬ɚ.ækt/
to ​reduce or ​remove the ​effect of something ​unwanted by ​producing an ​oppositeeffect: Drinking a lot of ​water counteracts the ​dehydrating effects of ​hotweather.
(Definition of counteract from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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counteractverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌkaʊntərˈækt/
to take ​action to ​reduce the ​influence of something that may be harmful: Spending on ​marketing and ​advertising has ​increased in ​order to counteract ​fallingsales. These new ​energytechnologies are ​aimed at counteracting the ​effects ofglobal warming.
(Definition of counteract from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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