countervail kown-tur-VAYL, transitive verb:
- To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to counteract.
- To compensate for; to offset; to furnish or serve as an equivalent to.
1. To exert force against an opposing, often bad, influence or power.
It is the hope of most Tide fans that the experience, depth, and talent present in the secondary will countervail the relative weakness of the front seven.