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attack

attack - Dictionary definition and meaning for word attack

Definition
(noun) (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
Synonyms : onrush , onset , onslaught
Example Sentence
  • the attack began at dawn

Definition
(noun) an offensive move in a sport or game
Example Sentence
  • they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning

Definition
(noun) intense adverse criticism
Synonyms : blast , fire , flack , flak
Example Sentence
  • Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party
  • the government has come under attack
  • don't give me any flak

Definition
(noun) ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
Synonyms : approach , plan of attack
Example Sentence
  • his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons
  • an attack on inflation
  • his plan of attack was misguided

Definition
(noun) the act of attacking
Synonyms : attempt
Example Sentence
  • attacks on women increased last year
  • they made an attempt on his life

Definition
(noun) a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
Synonyms : tone-beginning

Definition
(noun) a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
Example Sentence
  • an attack of diarrhea

Definition
(noun) the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent)
Example Sentence
  • the film was sensitive to attack by acids
  • open to attack by the elements

Definition
(noun) strong criticism
Example Sentence
  • he published an unexpected attack on my work

Definition
(verb) launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
Synonyms : assail
Example Sentence
  • Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II
  • Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week

Definition
(verb) attack in speech or writing
Synonyms : assail , assault , lash out , round , snipe
Example Sentence
  • The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker

Definition
(verb) take the initiative and go on the offensive
Synonyms : aggress
Example Sentence
  • The Serbs attacked the village at night
  • The visiting team started to attack

Definition
(verb) attack someone physically or emotionally
Synonyms : assail , assault , set on
Example Sentence
  • The mugger assaulted the woman
  • Nightmares assailed him regularly

Definition
(verb) set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
Example Sentence
  • I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed

Definition
(verb) begin to injure
Example Sentence
  • The cancer cells are attacking his liver
  • Rust is attacking the metal

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