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Definition of the verb counteract

What does counteract mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: counteracted | counteracting | counteracts

  1. act in opposition to
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of counteract: antagonise / antagonize
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
  2. oppose or check by a counteraction
  3. oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
  4. destroy property or hinder normal operations

Alternative definition of the verb counteract


  1. 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.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for counteract

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Google previewMaster the Clerical Exams (2010)

by Peterson's

To counteract means most nearly to 36. 37. 38.

Google previewFutures Based Change Leadership (2017)

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 ...

Google previewHuman Rights as Politics and Idolatry (2011)

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 ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

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.

Google previewLewis' Dictionary of Toxicology (1998)

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, ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Composite Materials (2006)

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 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology (2016)

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 ...

Google previewCambridge Academic Content Dictionary Reference Book with CD-ROM (2008)

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 ...

Google previewA popular and complete English dictionary (1848)

by John Boag

Tending to counteract CoCKTiiACTiT»iT,koAn-tQr-ak'tIr-le, ado. In a manner ...

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewDictionary Of The Social Sciences (1996)

by Hugo F. Reading

counter magic magic intended to counteract other magic. counter-mass those persons rejecting the social structure .

Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants (2016)

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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Counteract Meaning

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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.

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