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What is another word for retaliate?

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Verb
To exact revenge or fight back
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“Cecil watched his opponent warily, ready to retaliate at the merest hint of an attack.”
Verb
To reply to something, typically in a sharp, angry, or witty manner
“A brief silence followed, after which she tried to retaliate with a clever comeback.”
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To talk back or reply impertinently
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To take action
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To fend off or defend against something hostile
Verb
To say something quickly and irritably
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