(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. indicating opposition or resistance

Similar word(s): negative, antagonistic

Sentences with counter as an adjective:

- His carrying a knife was counter to my plan.


1. in the opposite direction

- run counter

Sentences with counter as an adverb:

- a hound that runs counter


1. table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted

Definition categories: man–made, table

2. game equipment (as a piece of wood, plastic, or ivory) used for keeping a count or reserving a space in various card or board games

Definition categories: man–made

3. a calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens

Similar word(s): tabulator

Definition categories: man–made, calculator

4. a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers

Similar word(s): buffet, sideboard

Definition categories: man–made, furniture

5. a person who counts things

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul

6. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

Similar word(s): comeback, rejoinder, replication, retort, return, riposte

Definition categories: communication, reply, response

7. (computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers)

Definition categories: man–made, register

8. a piece of leather forming the back of a shoe or boot

- a counter may be used to stiffen the material around the heel and to give support to the foot

Definition categories: man–made

9. a return punch (especially by a boxer)

Similar word(s): counterpunch, parry

Definition categories: act, biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug

Sentences with counter as a noun:

- He rolled a six on the dice, so moved his counter forward six spaces.

- He put his money on the counter, and the shopkeeper put it in the till.

- He's only 16 months, but is already a good counter – he can count to 100.

- Always know a counter to any hold you try against your opponent.


1. speak in response

- He countered with some very persuasive arguments

Definition categories: communication, answer, reply, respond

2. act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

Similar word(s): anticipate, foresee, forestall

Definition categories: social, act, move