[ noun koun-ter-mahrch; verb koun-ter-mahrch, koun-ter-mahrch ]
/ noun ˈkaʊn tərˌmɑrtʃ; verb ˌkaʊn tərˈmɑrtʃ, ˈkaʊn tərˌmɑrtʃ /


a march back over the same ground.
a complete reversal of conduct or measures.

verb (used without object)

to execute a countermarch.

verb (used with object)

to cause to countermarch.

Origin of countermarch

First recorded in 1590–1600; counter- + march1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for countermarch


/ (ˈkaʊntəˌmɑːtʃ) /


mainly military
  1. to march or cause to march back along the same route
  2. to change the order of soldiers during a march


the act or instance of countermarching
a reversal of method, conduct, etc
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