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counterattack

[ noun koun-ter-uh-tak; verb koun-ter-uh-tak, koun-ter-uh-tak ]
/ noun ˈkaʊn tər əˌtæk; verb ˌkaʊn tər əˈtæk, ˈkaʊn tər əˌtæk /
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noun
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.
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Origin of counterattack

First recorded in 1915–20; counter- + attack
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British Dictionary definitions for counterattack

counterattack
/ (ˈkaʊntərəˌtæk) /

noun
an attack in response to an attack
verb
to make a counterattack (against)
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