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    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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