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Verb retaliate has 2 senses
- 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
Somebody ----s something
- 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
Somebody ----s PP