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

Examples of counteroffensive in a Sentence

They mounted a counteroffensive against the enemy. the army launched a counteroffensive at dawn
Recent Examples on the Web For now, Ukraine is reporting that its counteroffensive around Kharkiv, in the northeast of the country, has advanced to the Russian border. Michael Peck, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Russian forces have started withdrawing from around Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, after Ukraine regained control of several towns near the northeastern city in a counteroffensive. Harold Maass, The Week, 13 May 2022 Where is the counteroffensive in the Democratic Party? Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Ukrainian forces are successfully launching a counteroffensive in Kharkiv and could soon push Russian troops back to Russia’s border, according to a U.S. think tank. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 8 May 2022 Other officials cautioned, however, that the counteroffensive was localized. James Marson, WSJ, 6 May 2022 The president also has gone on the counteroffensive. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 In the counteroffensive around Kyiv, the Ukrainian military ordered lower-level commanders to devise strategies for striking back in ways appropriate to their local areas. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 The most recent naval strikes hint at a broader Ukrainian counteroffensive in the direction of Snake Island. David Axe, Forbes, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of counteroffensive

1909, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Counteroffensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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