retaliate - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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/rɪˈtælieɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyretaliate
he/she/itretaliates
present participleretaliating
past tenseretaliated
past participleretaliated
  1. to do something harmful or unpleasant to someone because they have done something harmful or unpleasant to you
    retaliate by doing something:

    They say they will retaliate by halting British imports.

    retaliate against someone for something:

    They have threatened to retaliate against the US for the bombing raid.