counteroffensive
noun Date: 1909 a large-scale military offensive undertaken by a force previously on the defensive

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • counteroffensive — index counterattack Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • counteroffensive — [kount′ər ə fen΄siv, kount΄ər ə fen′siv] n. an attack by troops who have been defending a position …   English World dictionary

  • counteroffensive — n. 1) to launch, undertake a counteroffensive 2) to go over to the counteroffensive 3) a counteroffensive against * * * undertake a counteroffensive a counteroffensive against to go over to the counteroffensive to launch …   Combinatory dictionary

  • counteroffensive — UK [ˌkaʊnt(ə)rəˈfensɪv] / US [ˈkaʊntərəˌfensɪv] noun [countable] Word forms counteroffensive : singular counteroffensive plural counteroffensives an attack against someone who has already attacked you, especially a military attack …   English dictionary

  • counteroffensive — A large scale offensive undertaken by a defending force to seize the initiative from the attacking force. See also counterattack …   Military dictionary

  • counteroffensive — /kown teuhr euh fen siv, kown teuhr euh fen /, n. Mil. an attack by an army against an attacking enemy force. [1915 20; COUNTER + OFFENSIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • counteroffensive — noun An attack made in response to a previous offensive, and intended to stop it …   Wiktionary

  • counteroffensive — coun|ter|of|fen|sive [ kauntərə,fensıv ] noun count an attack against someone who has already attacked you, especially a military attack …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • counteroffensive — n. attack made by an army to combat an enemy attack …   English contemporary dictionary

  • counteroffensive — noun an attack made in response to one from an enemy …   English new terms dictionary

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