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retaliateverb [I]

uk   /rɪˈtæl.i.eɪt/  us   /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 ​situationworse. The ​demonstratorsthrewrocks at the ​police, who retaliated byfiringblanks into the ​crowd. The ​terrorists retaliated against the ​government with a ​bombattack.
retaliation
noun [U] uk   /rɪˌtæl.iˈeɪ.ʃən/  us   /rɪˌtæl.iˈeɪ.ʃən/
The ​bombattack was in retaliation for the ​recentarrest 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 ​illegalbusinesspracticesearlier this ​year.
(Definition of retaliate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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