coun·​ter·​of·​fer ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌȯ-fər How to pronounce counteroffer (audio)
: a return offer made by one who has rejected an offer

Examples of counteroffer in a Sentence

He turned down the deal and came back with a counteroffer asking for more money.
Recent Examples on the Web Israeli officials are discussing the counteroffer on Wednesday and will hold war cabinet and security cabinet meetings on Thursday, the Israeli official told CNN. Abeer Salman, Ibrahim Dahman and Tim Lister, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 If a requested premium increase exceeds 7%, the commission typically replies with a counteroffer based on its calculations of the insurer’s risks. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2023 Fain said the automakers the filing with the National Labor Relations Board accused the automakers of failing to respond with counteroffers to economic proposals that union negotiators made a month ago. Harold Maass, The Week, 1 Sep. 2023 Even the studios merely making their counteroffer public was criticized. Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 23 Aug. 2023 Blinken, who was asked whether the Russians have made a counteroffer for the release of Whelan and Gershkovich, declined to say more about the case on Wednesday. William Mauldin, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2023 There’s no guarantee talks won’t stall, either, especially if other interested teams make strong counteroffers. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023 Hayne accepted the counteroffer and apologized to both the court and Russell. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 8 Dec. 2023 The union expects to make counteroffers to Stellantis and GM soon. John Magsam, Arkansas Online, 24 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counteroffer was in 1788

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“Counteroffer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition


coun·​ter·​of·​fer ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌȯ-fər How to pronounce counteroffer (audio)
: an offer that is made in response to another and that has additional or differing terms

Note: Under common law, a counteroffer does not constitute an acceptance of an offer and is often considered a rejection of the offer.

counteroffer intransitive verb

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