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 of counteroffensive from the Web
Two of the biggest, Express Scripts and CVS Health, which are among the nation’s 50 largest companies, have initiated their own counteroffensive.
So Kirk’s nonprofit political-advocacy group, Turning Point USA, launched a secret counteroffensive.
After the March 8 Kabul hospital attack, Afghan and U.S. forces launched a counteroffensive in the province.
The 82nd Airborne was bivouacked in the Ardennes Forest, vastly outmanned and outgunned against a surprise German counteroffensive in the snow and ice.
The attack on Kirkuk was part of an Islamic State counteroffensive.
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Definition of counteroffensive for English Language Learners
: an attack made in order to defend against an enemy or opponent
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