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Attack meaning

attack - 15 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( military) an offensive against an enemy ( using weapons); " the attack began at dawn"
  2. 2. begin to injure; " The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; " Rust is attacking the metal"
  3. 3. attack in speech or writing; " The editors of the left- leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
  4. 4. 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"
  5. 5. To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation.
  8. 8. To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste.
  9. 9. To make an onset or attack.
  10. 10. An assault upon one's feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words.
  11. 11. A setting to work upon some task, etc.
  12. 12. An access of disease; a fit of sickness.
  13. 13. The beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive action, by a chemical agent.
  14. 14. The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; - opposed to defense.
  15. 15. To assail.

attack - examples of usage

  1. An attack upon Sekukuni, the Baphedi chief, had been decided on. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. It may even attack man. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  3. " Score," as used in America, does not mean " score off," but rather, I take it, " attack and leave your mark upon." - "America To-day, Observations and Reflections", William Archer.
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