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verb counter pronunciation in British English /ˈkaʊntə(r)/
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present tense
present participlecountering
past tensecountered
past participlecountered
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to reply to a criticism or statement that you disagree with
    ‘Yes,’ Leah countered, ‘but the truth is you just don’t want to do it.’
    How can we counter these rumours?
    The government countered with a flurry of briefings.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to take action in order to oppose or stop something or reduce its negative effects
    Caffeine is known to counter tiredness.
    The film’s main characters counter the familiar racial stereotypes.


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red market

the buying and selling of human organs

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