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English verb: counteract

1. counteract (social) act in opposition to

Synonymsantagonise, antagonize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)act, move

2. counteract (social) oppose or check by a counteraction


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate

3. counteract (social) oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

SamplesThis will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues.

Synonymscounterbalance, countervail, neutralize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cancel, offset, set off

Narrower (hyponym)override

4. counteract (social) destroy property or hinder normal operations

SamplesThe Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war.

Synonymscountermine, sabotage, subvert, undermine, weaken

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disobey

Narrower (hyponym)derail

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