1 noun (C)
1 SHOP the place where you pay or are served in a shop, bank, restaurant etc
2 over the counter drugs, medicines etc that are bought over the counter are ones that you can buy in a shop without a prescription (1) from a doctor
3 under the counter if you buy something under the counter, you buy it secretly and usually illegally: It's risky, but you can get alcohol under the counter.
4 KITCHEN AmE a flat surface on top of a piece of furniture, especially in a kitchen, used for working on, preparing food etc; work-surface BrE: Just leave my keys on the kitchen counter.
5 GAME a small round object that you use in some games that are played on a board
6 EQUIPMENT a piece of electrical equipment that counts something: Set the video counter to zero before you press play.
-see also: geiger counter
7 ACTION AGAINST STH an action that is used to try to prevent something bad from happening, or an argument used to prove that something is wrong
(+ to): Britain began its pro-Japanese policy as a counter to Russian advances in Asia. 2 verb
1 (I, T) to say something in order to try to prove that what someone said was not true
(+ that): "That's not what James told me," he countered. | counter an argument/allegation etc: He was determined to counter the bribery allegations.
2 (T) to do something in order to reduce the bad effects of something, or to defend yourself against them: One way of countering these problems would be to redistribute wealth among the poor.
3 adverb (not before noun) in a way that is opposite to something: run counter to: The child is asked to behave in ways which run counter to his natural desires. - counter adjective: To publicize this revolting film is counter to the standards of your newspaper.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.


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  • Counter- — Coun ter (koun t[ e]r ). Note: [See {Counter}, adv. ] A prefix meaning contrary, opposite, in opposition; as, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck. See {Counter}, adv. & a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Counter — Count er (koun t[ e]r), n. [OE. countere, countour, a counter (in sense 1), OF. contere, conteor, fr. conter to count. See {Count}, v. t. ] 1. One who counts, or reckons up; a calculator; a reckoner. [1913 Webster] 2. A piece of metal, ivory,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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