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RETALIATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does retaliate mean? 

RETALIATE (verb)
  The verb RETALIATE has 2 senses:

1. take revenge for a perceived wrong
2. make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil

  Familiarity information: RETALIATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RETALIATE (verb)


Sense 1retaliate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take revenge for a perceived wrong

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

avenge; retaliate; revenge

Context example:

He wants to avenge the murder of his brother

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

penalise; penalize; punish (impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "retaliate"):

get back; get even (take revenge or even out a score)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2retaliate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

strike back; retaliate

Context examples:

The Empire strikes back / The Giants struck back and won the opener / The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing

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

hit; strike (make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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