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

     

    revolt

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈvəʊlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvoʊlt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they revolt
    BrE BrE//ˈvəʊlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvoʊlt//
     
    he / she / it revolts
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvəʊlts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvoʊlts//
     
    past simple revolted
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvəʊltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvoʊltɪd//
     
    past participle revolted
    BrE BrE//rɪˈvəʊltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvoʊltɪd//
     
    -ing form revolting
    BrE BrE//ˈvəʊltɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvoʊltɪŋ//
     
    Disgust, Protest
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to take violent action against the people in power synonym rebel, rise (12) The peasants threatened to revolt. revolt against somebody/something Finally the people revolted against the military dictatorship. The peasants revolted against high taxes and the losses of the war. CollocationsWar and peaceStarting a war declare/​make/​wage war (on somebody/​something) go to war (against/​with somebody) cause/​spark/​provoke/​foment/​quell unrest incite/​lead/​crush/​suppress a revolt/​rebellion launch/​mount/​carry out a surprise/​terrorist attack prevent/​halt/​represent an escalation of the conflict be torn apart by/​be on the brink of civil war enter/​invade/​occupy somebody’s territory lead/​launch/​resist/​repel an invasionMilitary operations adopt/​develop/​implement/​pursue a military strategy carry out/​execute/​perform military operations/​manoeuvres/(especially US English) maneuvers send/​deploy/​station/​pull back/​withdraw troops go on/​fly/​carry out a reconnaissance/​rescue mission train/​equip/​deploy army/​military/​combat units lead/​launch/​conduct a raid/​a surprise attack/​an (air/​airborne/​amphibious) assault (on somebody) employ/​use guerrilla tactics conduct/​wage biological/​guerrilla warfare fight/​crush/​defeat the rebels/​the insurgency suffer/​inflict a crushing defeat achieve/​win a decisive victory halt/​stop the British/​German/​Russian advance order/​force a retreatFighting join/​serve in the army/​navy/​air force be/​go/​remain/​serve on active duty serve/​complete/​return from a tour of duty be sent to the front (line) attack/​strike/​engage/​defeat/​kill/​destroy the enemy see/​report/​be engaged in heavy fighting call for/​be met with armed resistance come under heavy/​machine-gun/​mortar fire fire a machine-gun/​mortar shells/​rockets (at somebody/​something) shoot a rifle/​a pistol/​bullets/​missiles launch/​fire a cruise/​ballistic/​anti-tank missile use biological/​chemical/​nuclear weapons inflict/​suffer/​sustain heavy losses/​casualties be hit/​killed by enemy/​friendly/​artillery fire become/​be held as a prisoner of warCivilians in war harm/​kill/​target/​protect innocent/​unarmed civilians cause/​avoid/​limit/​minimize civilian casualties/​collateral damage impose/​enforce/​lift a curfew engage in/​be a victim of ethnic cleansing be sent to an internment/​a concentration camp accept/​house/​resettle refugees fleeing from war fear/​threaten military/​violent reprisals commit/​be accused of war crimes/​crimes against humanity/​genocideMaking peace make/​bring/​win/​achieve/​maintain/​promote peace call for/​negotiate/​broker/​declare a ceasefire/​a temporary truce sign a ceasefire agreement call for/​bring/​put an end to hostilities demand/​negotiate/​accept the surrender of somebody/​something establish/​send (in) a peacekeeping force negotiate/​conclude/​ratify/​sign/​accept/​reject/​break/​violate a peace treaty see also revolution See related entries: Protest
  2. 2[intransitive] revolt (against something) to behave in a way that is the opposite of what somebody expects of you, especially in protest synonym rebel Teenagers often revolt against parental discipline.
  3. 3[transitive] revolt somebody to make you feel horror or disgust synonym disgust All the violence in the movie revolted me. The way he ate his food revolted me. She was revolted by the smell of stale beer and vomit in the room. see also revulsion See related entries: Disgust
  4. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French révolte (noun), révolter (verb), from Italian rivoltare, based on Latin revolvere ‘roll back’, from re- ‘back’ (also expressing intensive force) + volvere ‘roll’.
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