Definition of attack:
- take the initiative and go on the offensive; " The Serbs attacked the village at night"; " The visiting team started to attack"
- 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"
- attack someone physically or emotionally; " The mugger assaulted the woman"; " Nightmares assailed him regularly"
- a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
- an offensive move in a sport or game; " they won the game with a 10- hit attack in the 9th inning"
- the act of attacking; " attacks on women increased last year"; " they made an attempt on his life"
- strong criticism; " he published an unexpected attack on my work"
- intense adverse criticism; " Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; " the government has come under attack"; " don't give me any flak"
- 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"
- a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; " an attack of diarrhea"
- set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; " I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"
- ( military) an offensive against an enemy ( using weapons); " the attack began at dawn"
- begin to injure; " The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; " Rust is attacking the metal"
- attack in speech or writing; " The editors of the left- leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
- 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"
- To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault.
- 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.
- 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.
- To make an onset or attack.
- 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.
- The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; - opposed to defense.
Common misspellings for attack:
- atack (40%)
- attact (15%)
- attck (12%)
- attak (4%)
- attac (4%)
- atttack (3%)
Examples of usage for attack:
To attack is to begin hostilities of any kind. A general invades a country by marching in troops; he attacks a city by drawing up an army against it; he assaults it by hurling his troops directly upon its defenses. Assail and assault, tho of the same original etymology, have diverged in meaning, so that assault alone retains the meaning of direct personal violence. One may assail another with reproaches; he assaults him with a blow, a brandished weapon, etc. Armies or squadrons charge; combat and encounter may be said of individual contests. To beset is to set around, or, so to speak, to stud one's path, with menaces, attacks, or persuasions. To besiege and beleaguer are the acts of armies. To encounter is to meet face to face, and may be said either of the attacking or of the resisting force or person, or of both.