retaliate Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb take revenge for a perceived wrong
- He wants to avenge the murder of his brother
verb make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil
- The Empire strikes back
- The Giants struck back and won the opener
- The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing
Re*tal"i*ate transitive verb
, p. p. of retaliare
to retaliate; pref. re-
re- + a word akin to talio
talion, retaliation. Cf. Talion
imperfect & past participle Retaliated ; present participle & verbal noun Retaliating
- To return the like for; to repay or requite by an act of the same kind; to return evil for (evil). [Now seldom used except in a bad sense.]
One ambassador sent word to the duke's son that his visit should be retaliated.
Sir T. Herbert.
It is unlucky to be obliged to retaliate the injuries of authors, whose works are so soon forgotten that we are in danger of appearing the first aggressors.
Re*tal"i*ate intransitive verb
- To return like for like; specifically, to return evil for evil; as, to retaliate upon an enemy.
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