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

Other Words from counteract

counteraction \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈak-​shən How to pronounce counteract (audio) \ noun
counteractive \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈak-​tiv How to pronounce counteract (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
Recent Examples on the Web But as far as scientists know, negative energies can be created only in amounts much too small to counteract a wormhole’s own gravity. Dejan Stojkovic, The Conversation, 22 Aug. 2022 Governments around the globe relied on fiscal injections in order to counteract the economic standstill caused by lockdown orders, giving rich nations an advantage over their poor and developing peers. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Attention to social climate, such as anti-bullying campaigns and programs that teach students how to recognize and counteract signs of isolation, may also avert violence. Shaila Dewan, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2022 Attention to social climate, like anti-bullying campaigns and programs that teach students how to recognize and counteract signs of isolation, may also avert violence. New York Times, 22 Aug. 2022 The bill’s passage means there’s more for taxpayers to know, both to counteract recent wild claims and to prepare for what’s ahead. Laura Saunders, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2022 The ability to counteract and interdict any military equipment that involves electronic communication or GPS positioning would be central to any such mission -- and without overstepping any national boundaries. David A. Andelman, CNN, 21 July 2022 With current sanctions on the purchase of Russian energy and an impending 90% cut in oil consumption to be completed by the end of 2022, the EU is scrambling to find new sources of supply and counteract inflation. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The training center has included a 4G network in the exercise so the soldiers have to sift through potential misinformation and counteract it with information useful to the public. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, 28 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of counteract

1655, in the meaning defined above

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17 Sep 2022

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“Counteract.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counteract. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for counteract

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 counteract (audio) \ noun

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