What is the meaning of retaliate?


  • Take revenge for a perceived wrong.
    • usage: "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"
  • Make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil.
    • usage: "The Empire strikes back"; "The Giants struck back and won the opener"; "The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing"
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APAWordNet. (2010). retaliate. Retrieved July 23, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/retaliate/definitions/1306539
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