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Definitions of attack

  1. To begin battle or conflict with; assail; assault; make an onset; criticize; censure. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To start vigorously on (a task). The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To act upon vigorously, as acid upon metal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To fall upon violently: to assault: to assail with unfriendly words or writing. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To assail. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To make an onset or attack. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To make an onset. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To make an attack. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. To fall upon with violence; to assault; to assail, so as to discredit and damage; to assail harmfully. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To fall upon with force or violence; to assault; to assail in words. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. an offensive move in a sport or game; "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. begin to injure; "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. An assault upon one's feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. A setting to work upon some task, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. An access of disease; a fit of sickness. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. The beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive action, by a chemical agent. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; - opposed to defense. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. The act of assailing; a battle; a seizure by illness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  32. An assault or onset: severe criticism or calumny. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  33. The act of attacking; an onset; an attacking force; a seizure, as by disease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. The act of attacking, or assault; falling on with violence; abuse, injury, or disease. See Attach. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. A falling upon with violence; satire; unfriendly criticism. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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
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