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retaliate

 
Verb retaliate has 2 senses
  1. revenge, avenge, retaliate - take revenge for a perceived wrong; "He wants to avenge the murder of his brother"
    --1 is one way to punish, penalize, penalise
    Derived forms: noun retaliation1, noun retaliator1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  2. retaliate, strike back - make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil; "The Empire strikes back"; "The Giants struck back and won the opener"; "The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing"
    --2 is one way to strike, hit
    Derived form: noun retaliation1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP
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