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English definition of “retaliate”


verb [I]     /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.Revenge and vengefulness
retaliation     /rɪˌtæliˈeɪʃən/ noun [U] They bombed the hotel in retaliation for the arrests. retaliatory     /rɪˈtæliətəri/ adjective retaliatory measures
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