Definition of counterattack in English:

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counterattack

Pronunciation: /ˈkoun(t)ərəˌtak/

noun

An attack made in response to one by an enemy or opponent.
Example sentences
  • The lead suited the hosts style of play and they proceeded to absorb their opponents pressure before launching rapid counter-attacks of their own.
  • But fortunes took a sudden twist when Customs reverted to an aggressive counter-attack launched from the left-flank.
  • Media Houses failure to convert some easy scoring chances in that half made it more difficult for the team to regroup in their attempts to launch a counter-attack.

verb

[no object]
Attack in response: as deputies tried to dislodge him, he counterattacked by forcing through elections
More example sentences
  • They stopped the attacks dead, occasionally counter-attacking to keep the game of interest.
  • However, the local boys are made of strong stuff and repelled many attacks and counter-attacked at times with great skill and discipline.
  • The candidates have also attacked and counter-attacked in public with unrivaled speed, to say nothing of a loose affinity for the truth.

Derivatives

counter-attacker

noun
Example sentences
  • ‘There had been attacking full backs of course,’ Scotland says, ‘but they were largely counter-attackers.’
  • Throw in the strike force of Adrian Ilie and Claudio Lopez, perhaps the continent's finest natural counter-attackers, and you've got a side which, on its day, can send any opponent home in tears.
  • Against quick counter-attackers like Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beazley they had no chance.

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Syllabification: coun·ter·at·tack

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