I verb act in opposition to, agitate against, annul, antagonize, be at cross purposes, be contrary, bid against, cancel out, clash, collide, come in conflict with, conflict with, confute, contend, contradict, counter, counterbalance, countermand, countermine, counterpoise, countervail, counterwork, cross, deactivate, defeat, defy, destroy the effect of, disconcert, disrupt, equalize, equiponderate, fight against, find a remedy, foil, frustrate, frustrate by contrary action, go against, go in opposition to, hinder, inhibit, interfere with, make a stand against, match against, militate against, negate, neutralize, nullify, offset, oppose, oppugn, pit against, play against, play at cross purposes, prevent, protest, protest against, rebuff, repress, resist, resistere, reverse, rival, run against, run counter, run counter to, run in opposition to, set against, set at naught, side against, squelch, stand against, take issue with, take one's stand against, traverse, undo, withstand, work against II index antagonize, avert, balk, circumvent, collide (clash), compensate (counterbalance), conflict, confront (oppose), contradict, contravene, counter, countervail, demonstrate (protest), discommode, disprove, disqualify, foil, forestall, frustrate, halt, hamper, interfere, kill (defeat), negate, nullify, oppose, outbalance, override, prevent, prohibit, repulse, resist (oppose), stem (check), stop, thwart, vitiate, withstand

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  • Counteract — Coun ter*act (koun t?r ?kt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Counteracted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Counteracting}.] To act in opposition to; to hinder, defeat, or frustrate, by contrary agency or influence; as, to counteract the effect of medicines; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • counteract — 1670s, from COUNTER (Cf. counter ) + ACT (Cf. act). Related: Counteracted; counteracting …   Etymology dictionary

  • counteract — *neutralize, negative Analogous words: *correct, rectify: offset, counterbalance, countervail, counterpoise, balance, *compensate Antonyms: cooperate Contrasted words: conjoin, concur, *unite, combine …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • counteract — [v] do opposing action annul, buck, cancel, cancel out, check, contravene, correct, counterbalance, countercheck, countervail, counterwork, cross, defeat, fix, foil, frustrate, go against, halt, hinder, invalidate, negate, negative, neutralize,… …   New thesaurus

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  • counteract — [kount΄ər akt′] vt. to act directly against; check, neutralize, or undo the effect of with opposing action counteraction n. counteractive adj., n …   English World dictionary

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  • counteract — [[t]ka͟ʊntərækt[/t]] counteracts, counteracting, counteracted VERB To counteract something means to reduce its effect by doing something that produces an opposite effect. [V n] My husband has to take several pills to counteract high blood… …   English dictionary

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