Definitions for retaliaterɪˈtæl iˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•tal•i•aterɪˈtæl iˌeɪt(v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to return like for like, esp. evil for evil:

    to retaliate for an injury.

  2. (v.t.)to requite or make return for (a wrong or injury) with the like.

Origin of retaliate:

1605–15; < L retāliātus, ptp. of retāliāre=re-re - +-tāliāre, v. der. of tāliō compensation in kind; see -ate1


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. retaliate(verb)ɪˈtæl iˌeɪt

    to attack sb who has attacked you

    The rebels attacked several villages and the military retaliated.; Retaliation is not the answer.


  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


  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.

Anagrams of retaliate

  1. aliterate

Translations for retaliate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to do something unpleasant to a person in return for something unpleasant he has done to one

If you insult him, he will retaliate.

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