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coun·ter·at·tack

 (koun′tər-ə-tăk′)
n.
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.

counterattack

(ˈkaʊntərəˌtæk)
n
an attack in response to an attack
vb
to make a counterattack (against)

coun•ter•at•tack

(ˈkaʊn tər əˌtæk)

n.
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.
[1915–20]

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.

counterattack


Past participle: counterattacked
Gerund: counterattacking

Imperative
counterattack
counterattack
Present
I counterattack
you counterattack
he/she/it counterattacks
we counterattack
you counterattack
they counterattack
Preterite
I counterattacked
you counterattacked
he/she/it counterattacked
we counterattacked
you counterattacked
they counterattacked
Present Continuous
I am counterattacking
you are counterattacking
he/she/it is counterattacking
we are counterattacking
you are counterattacking
they are counterattacking
Present Perfect
I have counterattacked
you have counterattacked
he/she/it has counterattacked
we have counterattacked
you have counterattacked
they have counterattacked
Past Continuous
I was counterattacking
you were counterattacking
he/she/it was counterattacking
we were counterattacking
you were counterattacking
they were counterattacking
Past Perfect
I had counterattacked
you had counterattacked
he/she/it had counterattacked
we had counterattacked
you had counterattacked
they had counterattacked
Future
I will counterattack
you will counterattack
he/she/it will counterattack
we will counterattack
you will counterattack
they will counterattack
Future Perfect
I will have counterattacked
you will have counterattacked
he/she/it will have counterattacked
we will have counterattacked
you will have counterattacked
they will have counterattacked
Future Continuous
I will be counterattacking
you will be counterattacking
he/she/it will be counterattacking
we will be counterattacking
you will be counterattacking
they will be counterattacking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been counterattacking
you have been counterattacking
he/she/it has been counterattacking
we have been counterattacking
you have been counterattacking
they have been counterattacking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been counterattacking
you will have been counterattacking
he/she/it will have been counterattacking
we will have been counterattacking
you will have been counterattacking
they will have been counterattacking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been counterattacking
you had been counterattacking
he/she/it had been counterattacking
we had been counterattacking
you had been counterattacking
they had been counterattacking
Conditional
I would counterattack
you would counterattack
he/she/it would counterattack
we would counterattack
you would counterattack
they would counterattack
Past Conditional
I would have counterattacked
you would have counterattacked
he/she/it would have counterattacked
we would have counterattacked
you would have counterattacked
they would have counterattacked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
chess game, chess - a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king
Verb1.counterattack - make a counterattack
attack, assail - launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"

counterattack

noun
The act of retaliating:
Idioms: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, like for like , measure for measure .
Translations
contrattaquecontrattaquercontre-attaquecontre-attaquer

counterattack

[ˈkaʊntərəˌtæk]
1. ncontrattacco
2. vt & vicontrattaccare
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