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COUNTERATTACK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does counterattack mean? 

COUNTERATTACK (noun)
  The noun COUNTERATTACK has 2 senses:

1. an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.
2. (chess) an attack that is intended to counter the opponent's advantage in another part of the board

  Familiarity information: COUNTERATTACK used as a noun is rare.


COUNTERATTACK (verb)
  The verb COUNTERATTACK has 1 sense:

1. make a counterattack

  Familiarity information: COUNTERATTACK used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COUNTERATTACK (noun)


Sense 1counterattack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

counterattack; countermove

Hypernyms ("counterattack" is a kind of...):

attack; onrush; onset; onslaught ((military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "counterattack"):

riposte ((fencing) a counterattack made immediately after successfully parrying the opponents lunge)


Sense 2counterattack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(chess) an attack that is intended to counter the opponent's advantage in another part of the board

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

counterplay; counterattack

Hypernyms ("counterattack" is a kind of...):

attack (an offensive move in a sport or game)

Domain category:

chess; chess game (a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king)


COUNTERATTACK (verb)


Sense 1counterattack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a counterattack

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

counterattack; counterstrike

Hypernyms (to "counterattack" is one way to...):

assail; attack (launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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