[ noun koun-ter-chek; verb koun-ter-chek ]
/ noun ˈkaʊn tərˌtʃɛk; verb ˌkaʊn tərˈtʃɛk /


a check that opposes or restrains.
a check controlling or confirming another check.

verb (used with object)

to oppose or restrain (a tendency, force, trend, etc.) by contrary action.
to control or confirm by a second check.

Nearby words

  1. counterblow,
  2. counterbore,
  3. counterbrace,
  4. counterchange,
  5. countercharge,
  6. counterclaim,
  7. counterclockwise,
  8. counterconditioning,
  9. countercoup,
  10. counterculture

Origin of countercheck

First recorded in 1550–60; counter- + check1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for countercheck


noun (ˈkaʊntəˌtʃɛk)

a check or restraint, esp one that acts in opposition to another
a restraint that reinforces another restraint
a double check, as for accuracy

verb (ˌkaʊntəˈtʃɛk) (tr)

to oppose by counteraction
to control or restrain by a second check
to double-check
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