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A return attack.
intr. & tr.v. (koun′tər-ə-tăk′) coun·ter·at·tacked, coun·ter·at·tack·ing, coun·ter·at·tacks
To deliver a return attack or make a return attack against.
an attack in response to an attack
to make a counterattack (against)
coun•ter•at•tack(ˈkaʊn tər əˌtæk)
1. an attack made as an offset or reply to another attack.v.t.
2. to make a counterattack against.v.i.
3. to deliver a counterattack.
Attack by part or all of a defending force against an enemy attacking force, for such specific purposes as regaining ground lost or cutting off or destroying enemy advance units, and with the general objective of denying to the enemy the attainment of the enemy's purpose in attacking. In sustained defensive operations, it is undertaken to restore the battle position and is directed at limited objectives. See also countermove; counteroffensive.
Past participle: counterattacked
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|Noun||1.||counterattack - an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.|
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
riposte - (fencing) a counterattack made immediately after successfully parrying the opponents lunge
|2.||counterattack - (chess) an attack that is intended to counter the opponent's advantage in another part of the board|
attack - an offensive move in a sport or game; "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"
|Verb||1.||counterattack - make a counterattack|