counteroffensive

noun
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

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Examples of counteroffensive in a Sentence

They mounted a counteroffensive against the enemy. the army launched a counteroffensive at dawn

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Securing the Solomons would protect halt Japan’s southern advance towards Australia and New Zealand while setting the groundwork for the beginning of a counteroffensive to push the Japanese all the way back to the Japanese home islands. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Have Found the Wreckage of the Sunken World War II Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp," 14 Mar. 2019 But gathering this information is nonetheless vital for the counteroffensive against poor air quality. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why India’s air pollution is so horrendous," 31 Oct. 2018 But gathering this information is nonetheless vital for the counteroffensive against poor air quality. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why India’s air pollution is so horrendous," 31 Oct. 2018 American generals were aggressively pushing a counteroffensive. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "The men killed on a single, bloody day in Vietnam, and the haunting wall that memorializes them," 25 May 2018 But gathering this information is nonetheless vital for the counteroffensive against poor air quality. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why India’s air pollution is so horrendous," 31 Oct. 2018 But gathering this information is nonetheless vital for the counteroffensive against poor air quality. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why India’s air pollution is so horrendous," 31 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday, California opened its counteroffensive, laying out in a report a scathing rebuttal that the state’s clean-air regulator, Mary Nichols, said would inform its legal and regulatory battle with Washington in the coming months and years. Hiroko Tabuchi, The Seattle Times, "California strikes back against the Trump administration’s auto-pollution rollback," 7 Aug. 2018 But a counteroffensive by the groups could bolster them. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court rules against unions: How labor decision will affect union pay, benefits," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of counteroffensive

1909, in the meaning defined above

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counteroffensive

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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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