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re•tal•i•ate /rɪˈtæliˌeɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [no object], -at•ed, -at•ing. 
  1. to strike back for an injury or wrong:had to retaliate for the injury done to his brother.
re•tal•i•a•tive, re•tal•i•a•to•ry /rɪˈtæliəˌtɔri/USA pronunciation  adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
re•tal•i•ate  (ri talē āt′),USA pronunciation v.,  -at•ed, -at•ing. 
  1. to return like for like, esp. evil for evil:to retaliate for an injury.

  1. to requite or make return for (a wrong or injury) with the like.
re•tali•a′tive, re•tal•i•a•to•ry  (ri talē ə tôr′ē, -tōr′ē),USA pronunciation adj.  re•tali•a′tor, n. 
  • Late Latin retāliātus (past participle of retāliāre), equivalent. to re- re- + tāli(s) such, of such a nature + -ātus -ate1
  • 1605–15;
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged counter, repay, reciprocate.

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retaliate /rɪˈtælɪˌeɪt/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to take retributory action, esp by returning some injury or wrong in kind
  2. (intransitive) to cast (accustations) back upon a person
Etymology: 17th Century: from Late Latin retāliāre, from Latin re- + tālis of such kind

reˌtaliˈation n reˈtaliative, reˈtaliatory adj

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