counteract

verb
coun·​ter·​act | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈakt How to pronounce counteract (audio) \
counteracted; counteracting; counteracts

Definition of counteract

transitive verb

: to make ineffective or restrain or neutralize the usually ill effects of by means of an opposite force, action, or influence a drug used to counteract fatigue

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Other Words from counteract

counteraction \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈak-​shən How to pronounce counteraction (audio) \ noun
counteractive \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈak-​tiv How to pronounce counteractive (audio) \ adjective

Examples of counteract in a Sentence

The drug will counteract the poison. this medication will counteract the symptoms but it won't kill the infection

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On the surface, Etika embodied social media fame, but his actions counteracted that narrative. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze," 27 June 2019 The most recent of Castro’s detailed policy papers aim tens of billions of dollars toward counteracting a housing affordability crisis while also tackling segregation issues that have festered for decades. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "Texan Julián Castro needs a spark tonight in first Democratic debate," 26 June 2019 Some people have found collecting my work to be therapeutic and even helpful with counteracting addictions, depression, boredom, et cetera. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here’s Your First Look At Cult-Favorite Dishware Designer Rae Dunn’s New Book," 10 Sep. 2018 However, a stronger dollar counteracted some of the appeal, as gold is priced in dollars and becomes more expensive to other currency holders when the greenback rises. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Gold Nears 14-Month High," 14 June 2019 Suburban districts can somewhat counteract cuts with local taxes, which require voter approval. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Squeezed by declining enrollment, Arizona's rural schools are suffering," 12 June 2019 With such a fund, these councilmembers hope to study city power structures and recreate a system that accounts for and counteracts systemic racial and socioeconomic inequities. Lan Diep, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Don’t politicize, San Jose’s budget – pass it," 11 June 2019 In the week ahead, a down-to-earth and highly specific approach works best to counteract sweeping statements and broad generalizations. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 9, 2019: Capricorn, be patient; Taurus, savor the process," 9 June 2019 So, any effect that CBD has on CB receptors may actually be more related to regulating and even counteracting some of the actions of THC and other cannabinoids in the brain. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Do Topical CBD Products Actually Do Anything for Pain?," 19 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of counteract

1655, in the meaning defined above

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counteract

verb

English Language Learners Definition of counteract

: act against (something) : to cause (something) to have less of an effect or to have no effect at all

counteract

verb
coun·​ter·​act | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈakt How to pronounce counteract (audio) \
counteracted; counteracting

Kids Definition of counteract

: to make (something) have less of an effect or no effect at all The antidote counteracts the poison.

counteract

transitive verb
coun·​ter·​act | \ ˌkau̇nt-ə-ˈrakt How to pronounce counteract (audio) \

Medical Definition of counteract

: to make ineffective or restrain or neutralize the usually ill effects of by an opposite force vitamin K counteracts the effects of warfarin

Other Words from counteract

counteraction \ -​ˈrak-​shən How to pronounce counteraction (audio) \ noun

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