Definitions of attack

  1. To begin battle or conflict with; assail; assault; make an onset; criticize; censure.
  2. To start vigorously on ( a task).
  3. To act upon vigorously, as acid upon metal.
  4. To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault.
  5. 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 attack a man, or his opinions, in a pamphlet.
  6. To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation.
  7. To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste.
  8. To assault; fall upon with force; assail with intent to overcome, or to damage, discredit, or bring into ridicule; begin to affect or act upon, as disease.
  9. To fall upon violently: to assault: to assail with unfriendly words or writing.
  10. To assail.
  11. To make an onset or attack.
  12. To make an onset.
  13. To make an attack.
  14. attack someone physically or emotionally; " The mugger assaulted the woman"; " Nightmares assailed him regularly"
  15. set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; " I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"
  16. To fall upon with violence; to assault; to assail, so as to discredit and damage; to assail harmfully.
  17. To fall upon with force or violence; to assault; to assail in words.
  18. ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation; " 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"
  19. a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
  20. an offensive move in a sport or game; " they won the game with a 10- hit attack in the 9th inning"
  21. strong criticism; " he published an unexpected attack on my work"
  22. 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"
  23. a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; " an attack of diarrhea"
  24. begin to injure; " The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; " Rust is attacking the metal"
  25. An assault upon one's feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words.
  26. A setting to work upon some task, etc.
  27. An access of disease; a fit of sickness.
  28. The beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive action, by a chemical agent.
  29. The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; - opposed to defense.
  30. The act of assailing; a battle; a seizure by illness.
  31. An assault or onset: severe criticism or calumny.
  32. The act of attacking; an onset; an attacking force; a seizure, as by disease.
  33. The act of attacking, or assault; falling on with violence; abuse, injury, or disease. See Attach.
  34. A falling upon with violence; satire; unfriendly criticism.