coun·​ter·​of·​fen·​sive | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ə-ˌfen(t)-siv How to pronounce counteroffensive (audio) \

Definition of counteroffensive

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

Examples of counteroffensive in a Sentence

They mounted a counteroffensive against the enemy. the army launched a counteroffensive at dawn
Recent Examples on the Web Tigray forces are now in control of much of the region after a major counteroffensive with mass popular support, International Crisis Group analyst William Davison said in a statement. Cara Anna,, 29 June 2021 In the years following the white paper’s release, Beijing laid the groundwork for a security counteroffensive. New York Times, 28 June 2021 The Arab forces initially gained ground, but were driven back by an Israeli counteroffensive aided by supplies from allies, including the United States. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 The momentum is propelled not just by Trump boosters, but also a large contingent of anti-Trumpers, leaving free market think tanks and advocacy organizations caught off guard, and trying to mobilize a counteroffensive. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 President Joe Biden last week wielded his executive power to launch a counteroffensive, expanding voting access, and a sweeping bill making its way through Congress would counter state-level efforts to restrict voting access. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 17 Mar. 2021 Though only 10 when the Germans launched a last-ditch counteroffensive to break the Allied advance during World War II, Bowen immersed himself in its details because his older brother had fought in it. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2020 Would the Belgians, Germans, Italians, and Spanish agree to a bloody counteroffensive, or would their governments, amid public fear and opposition political pressure, opt for peace? Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner, 3 Dec. 2020 The small oak, which came from the historic Belleau Wood to the east of Paris, where American forces halted a German counteroffensive in the waning months of World War I, was a gift from Macron to Trump during his April 2018 state visit. James Mcauley, Washington Post, 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of counteroffensive

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counteroffensive was in 1909

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“Counteroffensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of counteroffensive

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


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