Definition of retaliate
- retaliate an injury
After the company announced plans to reduce benefits, the union threatened to retaliate by calling for a strike.
retaliated his neighbor's malicious destruction of his flower garden by cutting down the man's prize apple tree
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First Known Use: 1606See Words from the same year
: to do something bad to someone who has hurt you or treated you badly : to get revenge against someone
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