Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

counteroffensive

play
noun coun·ter·of·fen·sive \ˈkau̇n-tər-ə-ˌfen(t)-siv\

Simple Definition of counteroffensive

  • : an attack made in order to defend against an enemy or opponent

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of counteroffensive

  1. :  a large-scale military offensive undertaken by a force previously on the defensive

Examples of counteroffensive in a sentence

  1. They mounted a counteroffensive against the enemy.

  2. <the army launched a counteroffensive at dawn>



1909

First Known Use of counteroffensive

1909


Learn More about counteroffensive


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up counteroffensive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of striking ability or excellence

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

hiemal estival brumal vernal
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ