What does retaliate mean?

Definitions for retaliaterɪˈtæl iˌeɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. revenge, avenge, retaliate(verb)

    take revenge for a perceived wrong

    "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"

  2. retaliate, strike back(verb)

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. retaliate(Verb)

    To do something harmful or negative to get revenge for some harm; to fight back or respond in kind to an injury or affront.

    John replied to Peter's insult with a verbal attack to retaliate for Peter's acid remark earlier.

  2. Origin: From retaliatus, past participle of retaliare, from re + talis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retaliate(verb)

    to return the like for; to repay or requite by an act of the same kind; to return evil for (evil). [Now seldom used except in a bad sense.]

  2. Retaliate(verb)

    to return like for like; specifically, to return evil for evil; as, to retaliate upon an enemy

  3. Origin: [L. retaliatus, p. p. of retaliare to retaliate; pref. re- re- + a word akin to talio talion, retaliation. Cf. Talion.]

Freebase

  1. Retaliate

    Retaliate is the debut album of Maryland deathgrind band Misery Index. Track 5 was previously recorded and released on a split with Structure of Lies.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Retaliate

    rē-tal′i-āt, v.t. to return like for like: to repay.—v.i. to return like for like.—n. Retaliā′tion, act of retaliating: 'lex talionis:' retribution.—adjs. Retal′iātive, Retal′iātory, returning like for like. [L. retaliāre, -ātumre-, in return, talio, -onis, like for like—talis, of such a kind.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retaliate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retaliate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lawrence MacAulay:

    The bottom line is it must be repealed or we will retaliate.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Be too great, like the Sun, to retaliate when lesser men throw stones at you.

  3. Guy Philippe:

    I will come to Port-au-Prince and I will come in good shape. I will retaliate if necessary. If they try to arrest me I will retaliate, because it is illegal.

  4. Katherine Mitchell:

    The culture of retaliation continues, at this point in the VA, you risk your job, you risk your reputation if you speak up for patient care problems. You do not risk your job if you retaliate against someone. And it should be just the reverse.

  5. Ismet Sheik Hassan:

    We are serious about our goal to get rid of ISIS, and we want to work with the Free Syria Army. We are willing to provide any support, and we are responding to the calls of the people, many people are preparing to flee if a battle breaks out between the YPG and ISIS. Residents are particularly afraid that Kurds will retaliate for Kobani.

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