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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


Synonymscountercheck


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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