retaliate

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verb re·tal·i·ate \ri-ˈta-lē-ˌāt\

Definition of retaliate

retaliated

retaliating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to repay (as an injury) in kind

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to return like for like; especially :  to get revenge

retaliation

play \ri-ˌta-lē-ˈā-shən, ˌrē-\ noun

retaliative

play \ri-ˈta-lē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective

retaliatory

play \-ˈtal-yə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈta-lē-ə-\ adjective

Examples of retaliate in a sentence

  1. After the company announced plans to reduce benefits, the union threatened to retaliate by calling for a strike.

  2. <retaliated his neighbor's malicious destruction of his flower garden by cutting down the man's prize apple tree>

Origin and Etymology of retaliate

Late Latin retaliatus, past participle of retaliare, from Latin re- + talio legal retaliation


First Known Use: 1611

Synonym Discussion of retaliate

reciprocate, retaliate, requite, return mean to give back usually in kind or in quantity. reciprocate implies a mutual or equivalent exchange or a paying back of what one has received <reciprocated their hospitality by inviting them for a visit>. retaliate usually implies a paying back of injury in exact kind, often vengefully <the enemy retaliated by executing their prisoners>. requite implies a paying back according to one's preference and often not equivalently <requited her love with cold indifference>. return implies a paying or giving back <returned their call> <return good for evil>.

RETALIATE Defined for English Language Learners

retaliate

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verb re·tal·i·ate \ri-ˈta-lē-ˌāt\

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

retaliate

play
verb re·tal·i·ate \ri-ˈta-lē-ˌāt\

Definition of retaliate for Students

retaliated

retaliating

  1. :  to get revenge by returning like for like


Law Dictionary

retaliate

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intransitive verb re·tal·i·ate \ri-ˈta-lē-ˌāt\

Legal Definition of retaliate

retaliated

retaliating

  1. :  to act in revenge

retaliation

\-ˌta-lē-ˈā-shən\ play noun

retaliative

\-ˈta-lē-ˌā-tiv\ play adjective

retaliatory

\-ˈtal-yə-ˌtōr-ē\ play adjective


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