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English noun: counterbalance

1. counterbalance (artifact) a weight that balances another weight


Synonymsbalance, counterpoise, counterweight, equaliser, equalizer


Broader (hypernym)weight


Narrower (hyponym)sash weight, tare

2. counterbalance (shape) equality of distribution


Synonymsbalance, equilibrium, equipoise


Broader (hypernym)construction, structure


Narrower (hyponym)conformation, proportion, symmetry

3. counterbalance (possession) a compensating equivalent


Synonymsoffset


Broader (hypernym)compensation


English verb: counterbalance

1. counterbalance (stative) adjust for


SamplesEngineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance.


Synonymscompensate, correct, even off, even out, even up, make up


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize


Narrower (hyponym)carry, compensate, cover, overcompensate

2. counterbalance (stative) contrast with equal weight or force


Synonymsoppose


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)contrast, counterpoint


Narrower (hyponym)counterpoise, counterpose, counterweight

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


SamplesThis will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues.


Synonymscounteract, countervail, neutralize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cancel, offset, set off


Narrower (hyponym)override









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