Meaning of “retaliate” in the English Dictionary

"retaliate" in British English

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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)

"retaliate" in American English

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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)