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The combining form counter- has various meanings.

Meaning 1: in opposition to

  • Physical activity may counteract high blood pressure.

Meaning 2: opposite to

  • To lock the piece in place, turn it counter-clockwise.

Meaning 3: corresponding

  • The Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke with his counterpart in the United Arab Emirates.

Meaning 4: in retaliation

  • The boxer delivered a counterblow under his opponent’s arm.