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counterattack

[n. koun-ter-uh-tak; v. koun-ter-uh-tak, koun-ter-uh-tak] /n. ˈkaʊn tər əˌtæk; v. ˌkaʊn tər əˈtæk, ˈkaʊn tər əˌtæk/
noun
1.
an attack made as an offset or reply to another attack.
2.
Military. an attack by a ground combat unit to drive back an enemy attack.
verb (used with object)
3.
to make a counterattack against.
verb (used without object)
4.
to deliver a counterattack.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; counter- + attack
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British Dictionary definitions for counter attack

counterattack

/ˈkaʊntərəˌtæk/
noun
1.
an attack in response to an attack
verb
2.
to make a counterattack (against)
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Word Origin and History for counter attack

counterattack

n.

also counter-attack, 1882, from counter- + attack (n.); as two words from early 19c. The verb is recorded from 1916.

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