Meaning of retaliate in English

Examples of “retaliate”

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The government retaliated by escalating the scale and intensity of violence against rural areas and rebellious military units.
However, when they took one day's action at the end of last year, their employer retaliated by locking them out and dismissing them all.
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On the other hand, labour retaliated by gutting the highest wages possible through its trade unions, giving as little as it could in return.
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I know of no horse who has ever taken anybody's life, although horses have retaliated by giving somebody a kick in the pants.
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Then, when the enemy retaliated, one used something heavier, and then the enemy used something heavier, and so on right up the escalator.
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If we have applied sanctions and tried to starve him out, and he retaliates, are you not driving him to war?
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You impose your tariffs; the other party retaliates and destroys some of your industries.
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However, and this was about 100 years ago, some sturdy spirits retaliated.
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In other words, it opens the way to another country retaliating—and retaliating in quite different circumstances—with only a slight modification of the words used.
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We are a trading nation, and if we start retaliating we may do ourselves more damage than we do to our competitors.
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We must never be part of an alliance which retaliates to threats by brandishing nuclear arms or nothing at all.
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The children retaliated by flicking darts or throwing inkwells.
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After a long and disastrous strike and after taking off the subsidy we retaliated by raising the hours of labour of our own coal workers.
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However, other countries have already retaliated against import controls that we have not imposed.
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They are retaliating against us, and the mining industry is suffering.
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