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Verb: retaliate  ri'ta-lee,eyt
  1. Take revenge for a perceived wrong
    - revenge, avenge
     
  2. Make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil
    "The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing";
    - strike back

Derived forms: retaliated, retaliates, retaliating

Type of: hit, penalise [Brit], penalize, punish, sanction, strike

Encyclopedia: Retaliate