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retaliateverb [I]

uk   /rɪˈtæl.i.eɪt/  us   /rɪˈtæl.i.eɪt/
retaliation
noun [U] uk   /rɪˌtæl.iˈeɪ.ʃən/  us   /rɪˌtæl.iˈeɪ.ʃən/
The bomb attack was in retaliation for the recent arrest of two well-known terrorists.
(Definition of retaliate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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retaliateverb [I]

 us   /rɪˈtæl·iˌeɪt/
to hurt someone or do something harmful to someone because that person has done or said something harmful to you: His first instinct was to retaliate against the attacks.
retaliation
noun [U]  us   /rɪˌtæl·iˈeɪ·ʃən/
She said she was fired in retaliation for her reports of illegal business practices earlier this year.
(Definition of retaliate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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