noun (1)
coun·​ter·​check | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌchek How to pronounce countercheck (audio) \

Definition of countercheck

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a check or restraint often operating against something that is itself a check


counterchecked; counterchecking; counterchecks

Definition of countercheck (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

2 : to check a second time for verification

counter check

noun (2)

Definition of counter check (Entry 3 of 3)

: a check obtainable at a bank usually to be cashed only at the bank by the drawer

Examples of countercheck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Microsoft’s effort to turn Cortana into a viable competitor, while voice computing is still in its early days, is bigger than just the market for smart speakers that sit on kitchen counters checking the weather. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Microsoft’s Cortana Mistake: Relying on Windows," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of countercheck

Noun (1)

1584, in the meaning defined above


1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Countercheck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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