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

 

retort

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɪˈtɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtɔːrt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they retort
BrE BrE//rɪˈtɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtɔːrt//
 
he / she / it retorts
BrE BrE//rɪˈtɔːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtɔːrts//
 
past simple retorted
BrE BrE//rɪˈtɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtɔːrtɪd//
 
past participle retorted
BrE BrE//rɪˈtɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtɔːrtɪd//
 
-ing form retorting
BrE BrE//rɪˈtɔːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtɔːrtɪŋ//
 
 
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to reply quickly to a comment, in an angry, offended or humorous way + speech ‘Don't be ridiculous!’ Pat retorted angrily. ‘How dare you!’ he retorted angrily. retort that… Sam retorted that it was my fault as much as his. Word Originverb late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘hurl back an accusation or insult’): from Latin retort- ‘twisted back, cast back’, from the verb retorquere, from re- ‘in return’ + torquere ‘to twist’.
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