Definition of counteroffensive in English:

counteroffensive

noun

  • An attack made in response to one from an enemy, typically on a large scale or for a prolonged period:

    ‘the operation was bogged down in confusion, allowing the Republicans to mount a counteroffensive’
    • ‘Restoring the corps echelon became an urgent necessity as early as the counteroffensive off Moscow.’
    • ‘In the ensuing counteroffensive, four soldiers were killed and four mutineers were beaten to death after being captured.’
    • ‘Florida's business community - especially its large restaurant and tourism industry - mounted an expensive counteroffensive.’
    • ‘The following month, in response to the German counteroffensive in the Battle of the Bulge, Eisenhower, as supreme Allied commander, ordered the French to retreat behind the Vosges.’
    • ‘The counteroffensive in the Moscow region marked the beginning of a turning point not only in the course of the Great Patriotic War but also in World War II as a whole.’
    • ‘Should the enemy penetrate the defense, a counteroffensive can be mounted.’
    • ‘On hearing the Reagan inaugural in January 1981-a radical's blunt challenge to establishment Washington orthodoxy - the liberals mounted a counteroffensive.’
    • ‘The US trade representative appeared to demand ‘fast track’ negotiating authority on the grounds it was part of a counteroffensive against terrorism.’
    • ‘When fuel shortages finally halted the 4th AD, the Germans marshaled reserves and planned a counteroffensive against the Third Army.’
    • ‘What about widening our attack so the counteroffensive takes some time and does larger damage?’
    • ‘To preserve and protect current and future sources, he mounted a counteroffensive that required him to trash his original story.’
    • ‘By this time, Ridgway's army had once again crossed the 38th Parallel where its forward units dug into strong defensive ground in anticipation of an enemy counteroffensive.’
    • ‘If an enemy's assault faltered, the mobilization could mount a counteroffensive and deliver the knockout blow.’
    • ‘Unlike the Stalingrad counteroffensive, the corps, divisions, regiments and battalions in the main sectors were attacking in two and, sometimes, in three echelons.’
    • ‘It would of course be wrong to reject the possibility of mounting a counteroffensive at the initial period of war.’
    • ‘During the counteroffensive, the antiaircraft artillery shot down 700 planes.’
    • ‘The Piedmontese army was unable to withstand the Austrian counteroffensive.’
    • ‘The counteroffensive was planned as a single strategic operation by a group of fronts to encircle and destroy all enemy forces that had broken through to the Volga.’
    • ‘For example, modern armies are capable of defending rather vast areas and launching counteroffensives in the same or smaller areas once reserve forces have moved up.’
    • ‘In the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, cooks, clerks and mechanics from different units joined together to fight well and stave off the German counteroffensive.’
    counterattack, counteroffensive
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Pronunciation

counteroffensive

/ˈkaʊnt(ə)rəfɛnsɪv/