verb (used without object), re·tal·i·at·ed, re·tal·i·at·ing.
verb (used with object), re·tal·i·at·ed, re·tal·i·at·ing.
- retaining ring,
- retaining wall,
Origin of retaliate
Examples from the Web for retaliate
Pyongyang has given the Obama administration no choice but to retaliate now by imposing sanctions or even an embargo.
Hamas is firing missiles and begging Israel to retaliate so they could use the images as propaganda.
Nuclear weapons could prove the only way for it to retaliate in-kind, and nobody wants that.
At least some members of Congress are looking to retaliate in kind.
If the president refuses to defund Obamacare, House Republicans are happy to retaliate with a government shutdown.The GOP Is Threatening Murder-Suicide With New Shutdown Warnings|Kirsten Powers|September 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“No, not any,” replied the young man, checking his inclination to retaliate the impertinent style of his interrogator.The Maroon|Mayne Reid
Fines and sequestrations had fallen heavily upon them, and they were eager to retaliate on their oppressors.The Life of John Bunyan|Edmund Venables
Mrs. Temple being present, she could not retaliate on Dr. Wortley.Throckmorton|Molly Elliot Seawell
The temptation is strong for our army to retaliate on the soil of Pennsylvania.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital|John Beauchamp Jones
I have no wrongs to avenge upon him or her—nor is it your prerogative, to retaliate for your, or your sister's injuries.Alone|Marion Harland
Word Origin for retaliate
1610s, from Latin retaliatus, past participle of retaliare "requite, retaliate" (see retaliation). Related: Retaliated; retaliating.