December 17, 2011
retaliate (verb)
\rih-TAL-ee-ayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to return (as an injury) in kind : get revenge
How do you use it?
Throughout the basketball game, girls from the other team took cheap shots but Ella controlled the urge to retaliate.
Are you a word wiz?

In a broad sense, today's Buzzword means "to give in return." Which of the following words has a similar meaning?

"Requite," "reciprocate," "return," and "retaliate" all mean to give back usually in kind or in quantity, but each word emphasizes a different kind of giving. Use "requite" to imply paying back according to your preference and often not equally, as in "refused to requite her love." Try "reciprocate" to mean a mutual or equivalent exchange or a paying back of what you have received, as in "reciprocated their hospitality." Choose "return" to suggest a paying or giving back, as in "returned the call." Pick "retaliate" to mean a paying back of injury in exact kind, often vengefully, as for instance, "retaliated by hiding my backpack."
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