- 1to do something harmful to someone because they have harmed you first synonym take revenge
- 2 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.
NAmE//rɪˈtæliˌeɪt//[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they retaliate
he / she / it retaliates
past simple retaliated
-ing form retaliating
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NAmE//rɪˈtæliəˌtɔri//adjective retaliatory action