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Definitions of attack

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

  1. Must you then attack him like a mad dog? – The Man Upstairs and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse
  2. Let us hope the attack may not return." – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  3. That the Athenians are coming to attack us, and are already upon the voyage, and all but here- this is what I am sure of." – The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  4. You should have done that when he made the attack on me. – The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar by Maurice Leblanc
  5. Shalmaneser himself, towards the end of his life, was no longer in a position to attack others. – Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations by Archibald Sayce
  6. Suddenly she broke out in a new attack, or a new line of the general attack. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  7. Is it an attack on this place? – Ailsa Paige by Robert W. Chambers
  8. " I want it to attack us," replied the doctor calmly. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930 by Various
  9. Yet he went on getting ready to attack the British in New York. – Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans by Edward Eggleston
  10. " I don't know that I have any to send back," she answered; and then she escaped before Mr. Camperdown was able to arrange any further attack. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  11. Yet this was not the attack. – London to Ladysmith via Pretoria by Winston Spencer Churchill
  12. He means to go the limit, hoping to get by with it because you made the first attack. – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day
  13. Let all be ready for the coming attack. – The Invasion of France in 1814 by Émile Erckmann Alexandre Chatrian
  14. Will they attack live creatures? – Adventures of a Young Naturalist by Lucien Biart
  15. The new attack was quite different. – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  16. I imagine that they would like nothing better than for you to get away back to Villeroy, since it would give them an excuse for an attack on the castle." – At Agincourt by G. A. Henty
  17. And then came the attack. – The White Invaders by Raymond King Cummings
  18. We have seen from which side the attack came. – Boer Politics by Yves Guyot
  19. It was as much a fit as any other attack. – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
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