|retaliate /rɪˈtæliˌeɪt/ verb [no object]|
inflected forms: retaliates; retaliated; retaliating
: to do something bad to someone who has hurt you or treated you badly : to get revenge against someone • After the company announced plans to reduce benefits, the union threatened toretaliate by calling for a strike.
— retaliation /rɪˌtæliˈeɪʃən/ noun, plural retaliations [noncount] • They lived under the threat of retaliation. • The union has threatened a strike in retaliation for the company's plans to reduce benefits.[count] • a quick retaliation
— retaliatory /rɪˈtælijəˌtori/ adjective • retaliatory attacks