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rɪˈtæl iˌeɪtre·tal·i·ate

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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.

    Etymology: 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.]

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

  2. Retaliate(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

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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

Examples of retaliate in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    Donald Trump doesn't know what he's talking about. And you know who'd be hurt the most? Iowa agriculture, what does a country do when it gets thrown a 45% tariff? It retaliates. And who would it retaliate with? Agriculture, and the equipment and the technology that this great state has developed and has been sold to China. All of that is foolhardy.

  2. 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.

  3. Patrick Shanahan.However:

    Having the ability to absorb an attack and retaliate is the essence of deterrence, and yet Patrick Shanahan.However has failed to ensure presidential survival and robust communications — both vital to executing a retaliatory attack.

  4. Antonio Fatas:

    U.S. tariffs are going up against China but also against some of its traditional allies, such as Canada and the European Union. They are all about to retaliate and today we do not see an easy way out.

  5. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu:

    If the United States imposes sanctions on us or takes such a step, Turkey will absolutely retaliate, what needs to be done is the U.S. needs to let go of this.

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