[noun koun-ter-uh-tak; verb koun-ter-uh-tak, koun-ter-uh-tak]


an attack made as an offset or reply to another attack.
Military. an attack by a ground combat unit to drive back an enemy attack.

verb (used with object)

to make a counterattack against.

verb (used without object)

to deliver a counterattack.

Origin of counterattack

First recorded in 1915–20; counter- + attack Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an attack in response to an attack


to make a counterattack (against)
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Word Origin and History for counterattack

also counter-attack, 1882, from counter- + attack (n.); as two words from early 19c. The verb is recorded from 1916.

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