Adjective "retaliate" definition and examples

(Retaliate may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Make an attack in return for a similar attack.
  1. 'Surprised, she danced back a step, then retaliated with an attack again absorbed by my shield.'
  2. 'If insulted, he retaliated swiftly and turned mockery against its instigator.'
  3. 'I should have been prepared for her to retaliate and take revenge on me.'
  4. 'Cecil watched his opponent warily, ready to retaliate at the merest hint of an attack.'
  5. 'At lunch, someone had flicked a spoonful of peas at Maya, and she had retaliated by chucking the rest of her lasagne at Travis Jones, the shooting guard for the varsity team.'
  6. 'She had retaliated by pretending not to notice, chatting enthusiastically with Colin and laughing whenever he said even the slightest thing funny.'
  7. 'In the formulation presented here, if a firm cheats on a scheme to restrict output, the cheating is detected after one period of cheating, and other firms retaliate immediately.'
  8. 'Feodor moved quickly to the left to dodge the attack and quickly retaliated.'
  9. 'The tiger only learned to avoid people when their abilities to retaliate increased over the last two centuries.'
  10. 'Shaking the snow from his hair, Devon immediately moved to retaliate, bombarding Max with amazingly well aimed snowballs until he took refuge behind his father.'
  11. 'they used their abilities to retaliate the injury'
  12. 'Gilbert, earl of Glocester, the greatest baron of the kingdom, had espoused the king's daughter; and being elated by that alliance, and still more by his own power, which, he thought, set him above the laws, he permitted his bailiffs and vassals to commit violence on the lands of Humphrey Bohun, earl of Hereford, who retaliated the injury by like violence.'

More definitions

1. to return like for like, especially evil for evil: to retaliate for an injury. verb (used with object), retaliated, retaliating.

2. to requite or make return for (a wrong or injury) with the like.

More examples(as adjective)

"satygrahis can be retaliate."

"places can be retaliate."

"people can be retaliate."


Early 17th century: from Latin retaliat- ‘returned in kind’, from the verb retaliare, from re- ‘back’ + talis ‘such’.