A counter is a surface used for making transactions in a store or in a home kitchen for preparing food. In a store, you pay for items at the counter.

When counter is a verb, it means "to speak up in opposition," like when you counter your opponent's argument in a debate. When something conflicts, you can say it "runs counter to," like a fancy car that runs counter to your philosophy of living simply. You can think of this meaning as "in the opposite direction," like "counter-clockwise," meaning the direction that's opposite of clockwise.

Definitions of counter
  1. noun
    a calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens
    synonyms: tabulator
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    pulse counter
    an electronic counter that counts the number of electric pulses
    an electronic pulse counter used to count pulses that occur too rapidly to be recorded individually
    type of:
    calculating machine, calculator
    a small machine that is used for mathematical calculations
  2. noun
    a person who counts things
  3. noun
    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
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    chip, poker chip
    a small disk-shaped counter used to represent money when gambling
    blue chip
    a blue poker chip with the highest value
    type of:
    game equipment
    equipment or apparatus used in playing a game
  4. noun
    (computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers)
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    (computer science) memory device that is the part of computer memory that has a specific address and that is used to hold information of a specific kind
  5. noun
    table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted
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    a counter where you can obtain food or drink
    checkout, checkout counter
    a counter in a supermarket where you pay for your purchases
    meat counter
    counter where meats are displayed for sale
    notions counter
    counter where notions are sold
    reception desk
    a counter (as in a hotel) where guests are received
    cash bar
    a counter at a large party where you can purchase drinks by the glass
    oyster bar
    a bar (as in a restaurant) that specializes in oysters prepared in different ways
    salad bar
    a bar where diners can assemble a salad to their own taste
    buffet, snack bar, snack counter
    usually inexpensive bar
    soda fountain
    a counter where ice cream and sodas and sundaes are prepared and served
    sushi bar
    a bar where sushi is served
    wet bar
    a bar for mixing drinks that has a sink with running water
    wine bar
    a bar that serves only wine
    type of:
    a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs
  6. noun
    a flat surface in a kitchen on which food is prepared
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    type of:
    work surface
    a horizontal surface for supporting objects used in working or playing games
  7. noun
    a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers
    synonyms: buffet, sideboard
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    credence, credenza
    a kind of sideboard or buffet
    cellaret, minibar
    sideboard with compartments for holding bottles
    type of:
    article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture
    furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
  8. verb
    act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
    synonyms: anticipate, foresee, forestall
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    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  9. verb
    speak in response
    “He countered with some very persuasive arguments”
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    answer, reply, respond
    react verbally
  10. noun
    a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
    synonyms: comeback, rejoinder, replication, retort, return, riposte
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    back talk, backtalk, lip, mouth, sass, sassing
    an impudent or insolent rejoinder
    type of:
    reply, response
    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
  11. noun
    a return punch (especially by a boxer)
    synonyms: counterpunch, parry
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    biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug
    (boxing) a blow with the fist
  12. adjective
    indicating opposition or resistance
    synonyms: antagonistic
    characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
  13. adverb
    in the opposite direction
    “run counter
  14. noun
    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”
    synonyms: heel counter
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    piece of leather
    a separate part consisting of leather
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