[noun koun-ter-uh-tak; verb koun-ter-uh-tak, koun-ter-uh-tak] /noun ˈkaʊn tər əˌtæk; verb ˌkaʊn tər əˈtæk, ˈkaʊn tər əˌtæk/

an made as an offset or reply to another .
Military. an by a ground combat unit to drive back an enemy .
verb (used with object)
to make a counterattack against.
verb (used without object)
to deliver a counterattack.
an attack in response to an attack
to make a counterattack (against)

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


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