Definition of retaliate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

retaliate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɪˈtælieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtælieɪt//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they retaliate
BrE BrE//rɪˈtælieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtælieɪt//
 
he / she / it retaliates
BrE BrE//rɪˈtælieɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtælieɪts//
 
past simple retaliated
BrE BrE//rɪˈtælieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtælieɪtɪd//
 
past participle retaliated
BrE BrE//rɪˈtælieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtælieɪtɪd//
 
-ing form retaliating
BrE BrE//rɪˈtælieɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtælieɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to do something harmful to somebody because they have harmed you first synonym revenge retaliate (against somebody/something) to retaliate against an attack retaliate (by doing something/with something) The boy hit his sister, who retaliated by kicking him. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin retaliat- ‘returned in kind’, from the verb retaliare, from re- ‘back’ + talis ‘such’.Extra examples The police were pelted with stones and retaliated with tear gas. Ukraine threatened to retaliate by closing oil pipelines. The demonstrators retaliated by throwing stones and bricks. The police retaliated with tear gas. They threatened to retaliate against the British.
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