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English definition of “retaliate”

retaliate

verb [I]     /rɪˈtæl.i.eɪt/
to hurt someone or do something harmful to someone because they have done or said something harmful to you: If someone insults you, don't retaliate as it only makes the situation worse . The demonstrators threw rocks at the police , who retaliated by fir ing blanks into the crowd . The terrorists retaliated against the government with a bomb attack .Revenge and vengefulness retaliation     /rɪˌtæl.iˈeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] The bomb attack was in retaliation for the recent arrest of two well-known terrorists .Revenge and vengefulness
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