Meaning of “retaliate” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ I ] uk us /rɪˈtælieɪt/

to do something bad to someone because they have done something bad to you:

They have threatened to retaliate against any troops that attack.
retaliation uk us /rɪˌtæliˈeɪʃən/ noun [ U ]

They bombed the hotel in retaliation for the arrests.
retaliatory uk us /rɪˈtæliətəri/ adjective

retaliatory measures

(Definition of “retaliate” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)