Definition of retaliate
: to repay in kind retaliate an injury
: to return like for like; especially : to get revenge
retaliationplay \ri-ˌta-lē-ˈā-shən, ˌrē-\ noun
retaliativeplay \ri-ˈta-lē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective
retaliatoryplay \-ˈtal-yə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈta-lē-ə-\ adjective
Examples of retaliate in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of retaliate from the Web
In the complaint, Merket, 52, alleges that the school district discriminated against him on the basis of age and retaliated against him because of his support for a former co-worker.
The claim addressed Friday by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals accused Howard and his former top assistant of unlawfully retaliating against Mikko to prevent him from testifying, in violation of his First Amendment rights.
Friday's agreement, which must be approved by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, sharply limits Microsoft's ability to retaliate against its customers and partners for embracing competitors' technologies.
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Origin and Etymology of retaliate
Late Latin retaliatus, past participle of retaliare, from Latin re- + talio legal retaliation
First Known Use: 1606See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of retaliate
RETALIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of retaliate for English Language Learners
: to do something bad to someone who has hurt you or treated you badly : to get revenge against someone
RETALIATE Defined for Kids
Definition of retaliate for Students
: to get revenge by returning like for like
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