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retaliate (verb), retaliates; retaliated; retaliating
1. To strike back or to return like for like: to repay or to reciprocate an attacker with punishment of the same kind for an injury or wrongdoing; to revenge: When Peggy's brother made a rude remark to her, she retaliated by saying, "And the same to you!"
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Sanctions by one country on other nations will result in their retaliating on the economy of the original sanction maker.2. Etymology: from Latin retaliare; from re-, "back" + talio, "exact payment in kind"; so, it meant "to give tit for tat, to return like for like."
In legal usage, it meant "to inflict punishment similar and equal to the injury that had been inflicted."