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retaliate

retaliate

verb re·tal·i·ate \ri-ˈta-lē-ˌāt\

: to do something bad to someone who has hurt you or treated you badly : to get revenge against someone

re·tal·i·at·edre·tal·i·at·ing

Full Definition of RETALIATE

transitive verb
:  to repay (as an injury) in kind
intransitive verb
:  to return like for like; especially :  to get revenge
re·tal·i·a·tion \ri-ˌta-lē-ˈā-shən, ˌrē-\ noun
re·tal·i·a·tive \ri-ˈta-lē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective
re·tal·ia·to·ry \-ˈtal-yə-ˌtr-ē, -ˈta-lē-ə-\ adjective

Examples of RETALIATE

  1. After the company announced plans to reduce benefits, the union threatened to retaliate by calling for a strike.
  2. <retaliated his neighbor's malicious destruction of his flower garden by cutting down the man's prize apple tree>

Origin of RETALIATE

Late Latin retaliatus, past participle of retaliare, from Latin re- + talio legal retaliation
First Known Use: 1611

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