1 long flat surface
checkout (AmE), post office (BrE), shop (esp. BrE), store (AmE)

There was a line of people waiting at the checkout counter.

cosmetic (AmE), cosmetics, make-up
deli, delicatessen, meat

He works at the meat counter.

bar, lunch (AmE)

They sat on high stools at the bar counter.

check-in (AmE), reception, ticket (esp. AmE)

an airline check-in counter

bathroom (AmE), kitchen (esp. AmE), sink (AmE)

She put her bags down on the kitchen counter.

Formica™ (esp. AmE), glass, granite, marble, wooden
serve at (esp. AmE), serve behind (esp. BrE), work at (esp. AmE), work behind

Mary worked behind the counter at Bacon's for a few hours a week.

wipe, wipe down

The bartender wiped down the counter in silence.


He approached the counter and showed his ticket.

top (esp. AmE)

The kitchen had black marble counter tops.

staff (BrE)

post office counter staff

across a/the counter

He pushed the money across the counter to her.

at a/the counter, behind a/the counter

The assistant behind the counter gave a curt nod.

on a/the counter

all the goods on the counter

over the counter (often figurative)

She handed me my coffee over the counter.

This kind of medication cannot be bought over the counter (= without a prescription).

2 action used to prevent sth
counter to

an effective counter to the blandness of modern culture

Counter is used with these nouns as the object: ↑allegation, ↑argument, ↑criticism, ↑effect, ↑influence, ↑invasion, ↑menace, ↑myth, ↑perception, ↑problem, ↑propaganda, ↑threat, ↑view

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  • Counter — Coun ter, a. Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic; as, a counter current; a counter revolution; a counter poison; a counter agent; counter fugue. Innumerable facts attesting the counter principle. I. Taylor. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counter — coun‧ter [ˈkaʊntə ǁ ər] noun [countable] 1. COMMERCE the place where you are served in a shop, bank etc: • Please pay at the checkout counter. ˈtrade ˌcounter COMMERCE a part of a shop, factory, or website where a business can buy goods for less… …   Financial and business terms

  • counter — Ⅰ. counter [1] ► NOUN 1) a long flat topped fitment over which goods are sold or served or across which business is conducted with customers. 2) a small disc used in board games for keeping the score or as a place marker. 3) a token representing… …   English terms dictionary

  • counter — counter1 [kount′ər] n. [ME countour: in senses 1 & 2 < OFr conteor < L computator < computare; in senses 3, 4, 5 < OFr contouer, counting room, table of a bank < ML computatorium < L computare,COMPUTE] 1. a) a person or thing… …   English World dictionary

  • Counter — Coun ter, adv. [F. contre, fr. L. contra against. Cf. {Contra }.] 1. Contrary; in opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise; used chiefly with run or go. [1913 Webster] Running counter to all the rules of virtue. Locks. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counter- — coun·ter / kau̇n tər/ prefix 1 a: contrary: opposite counter letter b: opposing: retaliatory counter action 2: complementary: corresponding …   Law dictionary

  • Counter- — Coun ter (koun t[ e]r ). Note: [See {Counter}, adv. ] A prefix meaning contrary, opposite, in opposition; as, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck. See {Counter}, adv. & a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Counter — Count er (koun t[ e]r), n. [OE. countere, countour, a counter (in sense 1), OF. contere, conteor, fr. conter to count. See {Count}, v. t. ] 1. One who counts, or reckons up; a calculator; a reckoner. [1913 Webster] 2. A piece of metal, ivory,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Counter — Coun ter, n. [See {Counter}, adv., {Contra}.] 1. (Naut.) The after part of a vessel s body, from the water line to the stern, below and somewhat forward of the stern proper. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) Same as {Contra}. Formerly used to designate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counter — [adj] opposite, opposing adverse, against, antagonistic, anti, antipodal, antipodean, antithetical, conflicting, contradictory, contrary, contrasting, converse, diametric, hindering, impeding, obstructive, obverse, opposed, polar, reverse;… …   New thesaurus

  • Counter — Coun ter, n. [OE. countour, OF. contouer, comptouer, F. comptoir, LL. computatorium, prop., a computing place, place of accounts, fr. L. computare. See {Count}, v. t.] A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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