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[koun-ter-aw-fer, -of-er, koun-ter-aw-fer, -of-er] /ˌkaʊn tərˈɔ fər, -ˈɒf ər, ˈkaʊn tərˌɔ fər, -ˌɒf ər/
an offer or proposal made to offset or substitute for an earlier offer made by another.
Origin of counteroffer
1780-90; counter- + offer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for counteroffer
  • The initial offer was significantly lower than she had expected, so she made a counteroffer.
  • They may get a counteroffer at their current university or other outside offers.
  • The next incident wasn't so much of a job offer but a counteroffer from my previous university.
  • But he expected the dealer would make a counteroffer, not shut him down.
  • If a party purportedly accepts an offer, but changes a term, then the party has actually generated a counteroffer.
British Dictionary definitions for counteroffer


a response to a bid in which a seller amends his original offer, making it more favourable to the buyer
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Word Origin and History for counteroffer

1788, from counter- + offer (n.).

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