When you try to grab a rope and your friend pulls it away from you in the other direction, this is an example of a time when your friend counteracts your efforts.
transitive verbcoun·ter·act·ed, coun·ter·act·ing, coun·ter·acts
(third-person singular simple present counteracts, present participle counteracting, simple past and past participle counteracted)
From counter- + act.
- Efforts have been made to counteract this feeling by making the Church more distinctly English.
- Meanwhile, philosophic forces to counteract materialism were weak.
- Repair Of Injuries In the process of inflammation we have a series of reactions on the part of the tissues, and fluids of the body, to counteract the ill effects of irritation or injury, to get rid of the cause, and to repair its results.
- This is found advantageous on hill-sides where the work is easier if all the furrows are turned downhill; or from another point of view the furrows may be all laid uphill so as to counteract the tendency for the soil to work down the slope.
- At the outset of his reign negotiations were actively pursued for the conclusion of a 1757-1 treaty with Prussia, to counteract the alliance 1757-1773.