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Definition of the verb counteract
What does counteract mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: counteracted | counteracting | counteracts
- act in opposition to
- oppose or check by a counteraction
- oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
- example: This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues
- lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
- synonyms of counteract: counterbalance / countervail / neutralize
- more generic terms: cancel / offset / set off = make up for
- more specific word: override = counteract the normal operation of
- destroy property or hinder normal operations
Alternative definition of the verb counteract
- To act in opposition to; to hinder, defeat, or frustrate, by contrary agency or influence; as, to counteract the effect of medicines; to counteract good advice.
Definition of the verb counteract for high school students
- to neutralize, make ineffective
- example: The antidote counteracted the effect of the poison.
The verb counteract is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.
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Master the Clerical Exams (2010)
To counteract means most nearly to 36. 37. 38.
A Formula for Sustained Change Capacity by Richard Bernato
An important mindset to counteract is the mistaken notion that money is the sole resource type. To the contrary, the Resources variable also includes the notion that a truly highly engaged school improvement team will take initiative to seek ...
by Michael Ignatieff
The specific tendency we are seeking to counteract is that while we may be naturally disposed, by genetics and history, to care for those close to us—our children, our family, our immediate relations, and possibly those who share our ethnic or ...
by Sidney L. Landau
counteract course verse. — v. 1 oppose, check, counteract, neutralize, offset, counterbalance, countervail, counterpoise, contravene, thwart, annul. 2 parry, counterattack, riposte, check, coun- terpunch, respond, return, ward off, hit back.
by Robert Alan Lewis
They help to counteract some allergic manifestations of snakebite or horse serum , but play no role in the initial (acute) stages of snake venom poisoning. Some unintended effects of normal usage are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, sedation, ...
by Andreas Mortensen
Such stresses are designed to counteract those induced by external loadings. Prestressed concrete is a mature structural material with a proven technology; a number of textbooks have been written about it (Collins and Mitchell 1991, Gerwick ...
Counteract. the. Adaptive. Response. of. Viral. Quasispecies. 2012). potential of viral quasispecies (reviewed in Domingo et al., As a general principle, for a mutant virus to be resistant to In pharmacology, only a few decades ago the combined ...
by Cambridge University Press
counteract /rkaunt-9'raekt/ v [T] to reduce or remove the effect of something by producing an opposite effect o The tax must be adjusted upward to counteract inflation. counterattack /'kount-a-rs.uek/ n [C] an attack intended to stop or oppose an ...
by John Boag
Tending to counteract CoCKTiiACTiT»iT,koAn-tQr-ak'tIr-le, ado. In a manner ...
The Military Dictionary (1987)
All measures, active or passive, taken to counteract hostile surveillance. See also surveillance. counterterrorism—(DOD) Offensive measures taken to prevent, deter, and ...
by Hugo F. Reading
counter magic magic intended to counteract other magic. counter-mass those persons rejecting the social structure .
Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology (5 Volume Set) by Umberto Quattrocchi
(Roots astringent, stomachic, taken for coughs, to counteract cathartic and emetic effects.) in English: common yampah, false caraway, Indian caraway, ...
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Education can counteract the natural tendency to do the wrong thing, but the inexorable succession of generations requires that the basis for this knowledge be constantly refreshed. (Garrett Hardin)
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Scrabble value of C3O1U1N1T1E1R1A1C3T1
The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.Couldn't select: Got error 28 from storage engine