retaliate (retaliates, present participle retaliating; past and past participle retaliated)
- (intransitive) 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 insulted Peter to retaliate for Peter's acid remark earlier.
- Many companies have policies in place to prevent bosses from retaliating against allegations of harassment.
- (transitive) To repay or requite by an act of the same kind.
- One ambassador sent word to the duke's son that his visit should be retaliated.
- Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope, Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus Preface
- It is unlucky to be obliged to retaliate the injuries of authors, whose works are so soon forgotten that we are in danger of appearing the first aggressors.
- See also Thesaurus:avenge
- French: riposter
- German: Vergeltung üben, sich rächen
- Italian: reagire, rivalersi , vendicarsi
- Portuguese: retaliar
- Russian: мстить
- Spanish: represaliar