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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
count•er1 /ˈkaʊntɚ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. a table or surface on which goods can be shown, etc.:Bring your goods to the checkout counter.
  2. (in restaurants, etc.) a long, narrow table with stools for the customers, behind which meals are prepared and served:The waitress tossed our food down on the counter.
  3. a long, flat surface for the preparation of food in a kitchen:Just put the dishes on the counter for now.
  4. Gamesanything used to keep account, esp. a disk or other small object used in a game, as checkers.
    over the counter, [uncountable]
    • (of the sale of stock) through a broker's office rather than through the stock exchange.
    • (of the sale of medicinal drugs) without requiring a prescription:You can buy that drug over the counter in any shop.
  1. Idioms, Businessunder the counter, [uncountable] illegally:If we buy the tickets under the counter using dollars, we'll get a much better price and exchange rate.

count•er2 /ˈkaʊntɚ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. a person or thing that counts.
  2. Physicsan instrument for detecting and registering radiation.

coun•ter3 /ˈkaʊntɚ/USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. [+ to + object] in the reverse direction;
    contrary:This ran counter to what we expected.

adj. [be + ~ + to + object]
  • opposite; opposed;
    contrary:The attack was counter to our expectations.

  • n. [countable]
  • something opposite or contrary to something else, such as a statement or action made to oppose another:He made a quick counter to the guard's remark about ignorant tourists.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to oppose, esp. so as to weaken:I countered her arguments by pointing out the advantages of my plan.

  • counter-, [prefix.]
    counter- has the meaning "against, counter to, opposed to.'' This meaning is found in such words as: counterattack, counterclockwise.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    counter /ˈkaʊntə/ n
    1. a horizontal surface, as in a shop or bank, over which business is transacted
    2. (in some cafeterias) a long table on which food is served to customers
    3. a small flat disc of wood, metal, or plastic, used in various board games
    4. a similar disc or token used as an imitation coin
    5. a person or thing that may be used or manipulated
    6. a skating figure consisting of three circles
    7. under the counter ⇒ (under-the-counter when prenominal) (of the sale of goods, esp goods in short supply) clandestine, surreptitious, or illegal; not in an open manner
    8. over the counter ⇒ (over-the-counter when prenominal) (of security transactions) through a broker rather than on a stock exchange
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French comptouer, ultimately from Latin computāre to compute
    counter /ˈkaʊntə/ adv
    1. in a contrary direction or manner
    2. in a wrong or reverse direction
    3. run counter toto have a contrary effect or action to
    1. opposing; opposite; contrary
    1. something that is contrary or opposite to some other thing
    2. an act, effect, or force that opposes another
    3. a return attack, such as a blow in boxing
    4. a parry in which the foils move in a circular fashion
    5. the portion of the stern of a boat or ship that overhangs the water aft of the rudder
    6. a piece of leather forming the back of a shoe
    1. to say or do (something) in retaliation or response
    2. (transitive) to move, act, or perform in a manner or direction opposite to (a person or thing)
    3. to return the attack of (an opponent)
    Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French contre, from Latin contrā against
    counter /ˈkaʊntə/ n
    1. a person who counts
    2. an apparatus that records the number of occurrences of events
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French conteor, from Latin computātor; see count1

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