coun·​ter·​of·​fer | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌȯ-fər How to pronounce counteroffer (audio) , -ˌä-fər\

Definition of counteroffer

: a return offer made by one who has rejected an offer

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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 That move prompted a counteroffer of $70 a share by Atlantic Richfield Co., better known as Arco. Chris Power, Washington Post, "T. Boone Pickens, Texas oil tycoon who led legendary corporate raids, dies at 91," 13 Sep. 2019 As of noon Saturday, the unions had not received a counteroffer and were unaware of the details, said Kenai Peninsula Education Association president David Brighton. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Kenai Peninsula educators say they’ll strike Tuesday over health care premiums," 15 Sep. 2019 Most of the carrier’s 3,900 pilots belong to the British Airline Pilots Association, which says that its members have had to take pay cuts and that British Airways has declined to entertain counteroffers. New York Times, "Pilots’ Strike Prompts British Airways to Cancel 1,700 Flights," 9 Sep. 2019 Business is done in the walkway itself, with chaotic helgas, or circles of traders, announcing offers and counteroffers for various amounts of money. Nabih Bulos,, "What’s for sale at this outdoor market? Cold, hard cash," 11 July 2019 There have been reports of clandestine meetings, offers and counteroffers but no-one can/will stump up anything close to the €200m-ish that PSG want for Neymar so things are a bit complicated., "Neymar's Latest Instagram Activity Suggests He's Still Dreaming of Barcelona Move," 26 Aug. 2019 The counteroffer from Reagan’s team was the most generous the federal government had ever extended to a union. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "State of the Unions," 19 Aug. 2019 The next day, our buyer’s agent sent an email and text message requesting the counteroffer. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: In-person offers provide the human touch — and that can make all the difference," 1 Aug. 2019 In a June 20 letter to Republican lawmakers, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said California’s counteroffer hadn’t yet been endorsed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and Atty. Ryan Beenebloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "California’s climate deal with automakers had been rejected by EPA," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of counteroffer

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counteroffer was in 1788

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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 How to pronounce counteroffer (audio) \

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.

Other Words from counteroffer

counteroffer intransitive verb

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