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COUNTERACT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does counteract mean? 

COUNTERACT (verb)
  The verb COUNTERACT has 4 senses:

1. act in opposition to
2. oppose or check by a counteraction
3. oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
4. destroy property or hinder normal operations

  Familiarity information: COUNTERACT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COUNTERACT (verb)


Sense 1counteract [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act in opposition to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

antagonise; counteract; antagonize

Hypernyms (to "counteract" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2counteract [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Oppose or check by a counteraction

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

countercheck; counteract

Hypernyms (to "counteract" is one way to...):

check; contain; control; curb; hold; hold in; moderate (lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3counteract [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

countervail; neutralize; counterbalance; counteract

Context example:

This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues

Hypernyms (to "counteract" is one way to...):

cancel; offset; set off (make up for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "counteract"):

override (counteract the normal operation of (an automatic gear shift in a vehicle))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4counteract [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Destroy property or hinder normal operations

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

countermine; sabotage; undermine; subvert; weaken; counteract

Context example:

The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war

Hypernyms (to "counteract" is one way to...):

disobey (refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "counteract"):

derail (cause to run off the tracks)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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