coun·ter·of·fer | \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌȯ-fər, -ˌä-fər\

Definition of counteroffer 

: 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.

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Murdoch has agreed to sell Fox’s entertainment assets to Disney, including Fox’s 39% stake in Sky, though Comcast is considering making another counteroffer for the Fox portfolio. Bloomberg,, "British government to announce Fox-Sky deal decision by Thursday," 10 July 2018 Murdoch has agreed to sell Fox’s entertainment assets including its stake in Sky to Disney, though Comcast is weighing another counteroffer for the Fox portfolio. Bloomberg, Fortune, "The Stakes Just Got Higher in the 21st Century Fox v. Comcast Battle for Sky," 11 July 2018 Many real estate transactions would never come to pass if not for counteroffers. Houston Chronicle, "Counteroffers and contracts: Follow tips to get through process," 8 July 2018 The ball is now in CBS’s court, after Viacom responded to its initial, below-market proposal with a counteroffer demanding a higher price and a role as president and chief operating officer for Bakish. Nabila Ahmed,, "Redstone Has a $187 Million Reason Not to Oust CBS's Moonves," 12 Apr. 2018 The Spurs, though, shot it down without making a counteroffer. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Potential trade partners for Leonard will line up on both coasts," 15 June 2018 Under the terms of its merger agreement with Fox, Disney has the right of refusal on any counteroffer., "Fox board to weigh $65 billion Comcast bid on Wednesday, sources say," 15 June 2018 That meeting will almost surely be delayed if Comcast makes a counteroffer that Fox shareholders need time to review, executives at both companies say. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Comcast Tops Disney With $65 Billion Bid for Fox Assets," 13 June 2018 Sky's shares have traded consistently above the Comcast offer as investors anticipate a higher counteroffer from Fox. Bloomberg,, "Britain won't bar Comcast from buying Sky, but Fox is still a strong contender," 21 May 2018

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1788, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of counteroffer

: an offer that is made by someone in response to a previous offer


coun·ter·of·fer | \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌȯ-fər \

Legal Definition of counteroffer 

: 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.

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counteroffer intransitive verb

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