counter - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a long flat surface where customers are served, for example in a shop or a bank

    There was a long queue and no one behind the counter.

    a cheese counter

  2. 4
    an action that you take in order to oppose or stop something or reduce its negative effect
  3. 5
    something that you say to reply to a criticism or argument

    a counter to unfair criticism