counter · noun C /ˈkɑʊn.t̬ər/Full view
counter (SURFACE)
B2 a long, flat, narrow surface or table in a store, bank, restaurant, etc. at which people are served
Dictionary example:

There was nobody at/behind the counter when I went into the bank, and I had to wait.

Learner example:

At McDonalds you buy food at a counter and take your seat, listening to a modern music. (First Certificate in English; B2; Russian)

counter (DISC)
C2 a small disc used in some games that are played on a board
Dictionary example:

Move the counter forward two squares.

counter · adverb /ˈkɑʊn.t̬ər/
be/run counter to sth
C2 to have an effect opposite to something else
Dictionary example:

David’s decision to drop out of school to write plays ran counter to his parent’s expectations.

Learner example:

The saying goes "money can't buy happiness." [H]owever, he seems to run counter to these tenets since he leads quite a pleasant life. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; French)

Cambridge logo