What does retaliate mean?

Definitions for retaliaterɪˈtæl iˌeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word retaliate.

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"


  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.]


  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.]


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    The bottom line is it must be repealed or we will retaliate.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

    I’m trying to educate the people not to [retaliate], but these aggressive Muslims must be brought to justice.

  4. Bonnie Glaser of the Center:

    I think this is quite a dangerous situation, there could be firing by the North Koreans, which then could prompt South Koreans to retaliate very quickly.

  5. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    We will retaliate against every step (by the YPG), the YPG will immediately withdraw from Azaz and the surrounding area and will not go close to it again.

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