attack Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
onset; onrush; onslaught.
- the attack began at dawn
noun an offensive move in a sport or game
- they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning
noun intense adverse criticism
fire; flack; blast; flak.
- Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party
- the government has come under attack
- don't give me any flak
noun ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
plan of attack; approach.
- 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
noun the act of attacking
- attacks on women increased last year
- they made an attempt on his life
noun a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
noun a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
- an attack of diarrhea
noun the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent)
- the film was sensitive to attack by acids
- open to attack by the elements
noun strong criticism
- he published an unexpected attack on my work
verb launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
- Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II
- Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week
verb attack in speech or writing
lash out; assault; assail; snipe; round.
- The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker
verb take the initiative and go on the offensive
- The Serbs attacked the village at night
- The visiting team started to attack
verb attack someone physically or emotionally
assail; assault; set on.
- The mugger assaulted the woman
- Nightmares assailed him regularly
verb set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
- I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed
verb begin to injure
- The cancer cells are attacking his liver
- Rust is attacking the metal
At*tack" transitive verb
To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault."Attack their lines." Dryden.
To assail with unfriendly speech or writing; to begin a controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into disrepute, by criticism or satire; to censure; as, to. attacka man, or his opinions, in a pamphlet
To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation.
To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste.
On the fourth of March he was attacked by fever. Macaulay.
Hydrofluoric acid . . . attacks the glass. B. Stewart.
Syn. -- To Attack, Assail, Assault, Invade. These words all denote a violent onset; attack being the generic term, and the others specific forms of attack. To attack is to commence the onset; to assail is to make a sudden and violent attack, or to make repeated attacks; to assault (literally, to leap upon) is to attack physically by a had-to-hand approach or by unlawful and insulting violence; to invade is to enter by force on what belongs to another. Thus, a person may attack by offering violence of any kind; he may assail by means of missile weapons; he may assault by direct personal violence; a king may invade by marching an army into a country. Figuratively, we may say, men attack with argument or satire; they assail with abuse or reproaches; they may be assaulted by severe temptations; the rights of the people may be invaded by the encroachments of the crown.
At*tack" intransitive verb
To make an onset or attack.
The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; -- opposed to defense.
An assault upon one's feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words.
A setting to work upon some task, etc.
An access of disease; a fit of sickness.
The beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive action, by a chemical agent.
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