Retaliate

  • 1 Retaliate — Re*tal i*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retaliated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Retaliating}.] [L. retaliatus, p. p. of retaliare to retaliate; pref. re re + a word akin to talio talion, retaliation. Cf. {Talion}.] To return the like for; to repay or requite by …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 retaliate — re·tal·i·ate /ri ta lē ˌāt/ vi at·ed, at·ing: to act in revenge re·tal·i·a·tion / ˌta lē ā shən/ n re·tal·i·a·tive / ta lē ˌā tiv/ adj re·tal·ia·to·ry / tal yə ˌtōr ē/ adj …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Retaliate — Re*tal i*ate, v. i. To return like for like; specifically, to return evil for evil; as, to retaliate upon an enemy. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 retaliate — [ri tal′ē āt΄] vi. retaliated, retaliating [< LL retaliatus, pp. of retaliare, to require, retaliate < L re , back + talio, punishment in kind, akin to Welsh tāl, compensation] to return like for like; esp., to return evil for evil; pay… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 retaliate — (v.) 1610s, from pp. stem of L. retaliare (see RETALIATION (Cf. retaliation)). Related: Retaliated; retaliating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 retaliate — *reciprocate, requite, return Analogous words: revenge, *avenge: repay, recompense, compensate (see PAY) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 retaliate — [v] get even with someone even the score*, exact retribution, get, get back at, give and take*, make reprisal, pay, pay back, reciprocate, recompense, repay, requite, retrospect, return, return the compliment, revenge, revive, settle, square… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 retaliate — ► VERB ▪ make an attack or assault in return for a similar attack. DERIVATIVES retaliation noun retaliative adjective retaliator noun retaliatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin retaliare return in kind …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 retaliate — UK [rɪˈtælɪeɪt] / US [rɪˈtælˌɪeɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms retaliate : present tense I/you/we/they retaliate he/she/it retaliates present participle retaliating past tense retaliated past participle retaliated to do something harmful or… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 retaliate — re|tal|i|ate [ rı tæl,ieıt ] verb intransitive to do something harmful or unpleasant to someone because they have done something harmful or unpleasant to you: retaliate with: Militant students hurled firebombs and riot police retaliated with tear …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 retaliate — v. (D; intr.) to retaliate against; for (to retaliate against the enemy for shelling civilian targets) * * * [rɪ tælɪeɪt] for (to retaliate against the enemy for shelling civilian targets) (D; intr.) to retaliate against …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 retaliate — [[t]rɪtæ̱lieɪt[/t]] retaliates, retaliating, retaliated VERB If you retaliate when someone harms or annoys you, you do something which harms or annoys them in return. I was sorely tempted to retaliate... [V by ing] Christie retaliated by sending… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 retaliate — re|tal|i|ate [rıˈtælieıt] v [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of retaliare, from talio [i] suitable punishment ] to do something bad to someone because they have done something bad to you →↑hit back retaliate by doing sth… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 retaliate — 01. When I pushed my sister into the lake, she [retaliated] by pulling me in after her. 02. The Israeli army has [retaliated] against the Palestinians for a suicide attack on a crowded supermarket. 03. Maureen was fired for stealing from the… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 15 retaliate — [17] To retaliate is etymologically to give someone ‘so much’ or an equal amount in return for what they have given you. Its ultimate source is Latin tālis ‘suchlike’ (source of French tel ‘such’). This formed the basis of a noun tāliō… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 retaliate — [17] To retaliate is etymologically to give someone ‘so much’ or an equal amount in return for what they have given you. Its ultimate source is Latin tālis ‘suchlike’ (source of French tel ‘such’). This formed the basis of a noun tāliō… …

    Word origins

  • 17 retaliate — retaliative, retaliatory /ri tal ee euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. retaliator, n. /ri tal ee ayt /, v., retaliated, retaliating. v.i. 1. to return like for like, esp. evil for evil: to retaliate for an injury. v.t. 2. to requite or make return for… …

    Universalium

  • 18 retaliate — verb To do something harmful or negative to get revenge for some harm; to fight back or respond in kind to an injury or affront. John replied to Peters insult with a verbal attack to retaliate for Peters acid remark earlier …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 retaliate — verb (I) to do something bad to someone because they have done something bad to you: retaliate by doing sth: When the police started to arrest people, some of the demonstrators retaliated by throwing stones …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 retaliate — verb the gang will look for an opportunity to retaliate Syn: fight back, hit back, respond, react, reply, reciprocate, counterattack, return like for like, get back at someone, give tit for tat, take reprisals, get even, get one s own back, pay… …

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