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counteract

[ koun-ter-akt ]
/ ˌkaʊn tərˈækt /
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verb (used with object)
to act in opposition to; frustrate by contrary action.
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Origin of counteract

First recorded in 1670–80; counter- + act

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British Dictionary definitions for counteract

counteract
/ (ˌkaʊntərˈækt) /

verb
(tr) to oppose, neutralize, or mitigate the effects of by contrary action; check

Derived forms of counteract

counteraction, nouncounteractive, adjectivecounteractively, adverb
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