AskDefine | Define counteract

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1 act in opposition to [syn: antagonize, antagonise]
2 oppose or check by a counteraction [syn: countercheck]
3 oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues" [syn: countervail, neutralize, counterbalance]
4 destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war" [syn: sabotage, undermine, countermine, subvert, weaken]

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  1. To act in opposition to; to hinder, defeat, or frustrate, by contrary agency or influence; as, to counteract the effect of medicines; to counteract good advice.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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