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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They mounted a counteroffensive against the enemy. the army launched a counteroffensive at dawn
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Trump and Macron planted a friendship tree. Now it’s dead.," 11 June 2019 Not everyone in the mining states is behind the counteroffensive. Los Angeles Times, "Coal states sue California cities and Washington state to force ports to ship exports," 26 Feb. 2020 The Observatory said more than 60 fighters were killed on both sides since Wednesday, adding that government forces launched a counteroffensive later Thursday under the cover of Russian airstrikes to try retake the town. Andrew Wilks,, "Syrian opposition fighters retake key town, cut highway," 27 Feb. 2020 For a president who came to power eschewing Washington politics, Trump ran a textbook insider counteroffensive to the impeachment trial, allies and political veterans said. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Charm, patience and Twitter tactics: How Trump, McConnell prevented GOP defections on impeachment," 6 Feb. 2020 The army’s counteroffensive turned Pushtun areas into a war zone. The Economist, "Arresting the messenger A prominent critic of Pakistan’s army is hauled into court," 30 Jan. 2020 Interest in mounting such a counteroffensive has been building on the right of late. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 23 Jan. 2020 In Chattanooga, for instance, the team’s co-owner is pitching a plan for a new baseball stadium as a counteroffensive to MLB’s contraction plan, according to media reports. al, "Take me out to the (abandoned) ballpark: What’s next for languishing stadiums?," 8 Dec. 2019 In 1950, China entered the Korean War, launching a counteroffensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the United States, and South Korea., "This day in history," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of counteroffensive

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Counteroffensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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