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Meaning & Definition of Attack in English

English

Attack

/ətæk/

noun

1. (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

  • "The attack began at dawn"
    synonym:
  • attack
  • ,
  • onslaught
  • ,
  • onset
  • ,
  • onrush

2. An offensive move in a sport or game

  • "They won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"
    synonym:
  • attack

3. Intense adverse criticism

  • "Clinton directed his fire at the republican party"
  • "The government has come under attack"
  • "Don't give me any flak"
    synonym:
  • fire
  • ,
  • attack
  • ,
  • flak
  • ,
  • flack
  • ,
  • blast

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • approach
  • ,
  • attack
  • ,
  • plan of attack

5. The act of attacking

  • "Attacks on women increased last year"
  • "They made an attempt on his life"
    synonym:
  • attack
  • ,
  • attempt

6. A decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase

    synonym:
  • attack
  • ,
  • tone-beginning

7. A sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition

  • "An attack of diarrhea"
    synonym:
  • attack

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"
    synonym:
  • attack

9. Strong criticism

  • "He published an unexpected attack on my work"
    synonym:
  • attack

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • attack
  • ,
  • assail

2. Attack in speech or writing

  • "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new house speaker"
    synonym:
  • attack
  • ,
  • round
  • ,
  • assail
  • ,
  • lash out
  • ,
  • snipe
  • ,
  • assault

3. Take the initiative and go on the offensive

  • "The serbs attacked the village at night"
  • "The visiting team started to attack"
    synonym:
  • attack
  • ,
  • aggress

4. Attack someone physically or emotionally

  • "The mugger assaulted the woman"
  • "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
    synonym:
  • assail
  • ,
  • assault
  • ,
  • set on
  • ,
  • attack

5. Set to work upon

  • Turn one's energies vigorously to a task
  • "I attacked the problem as soon as i got out of bed"
    synonym:
  • attack

6. Begin to injure

  • "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"
  • "Rust is attacking the metal"
    synonym:
  • attack

Examples of using

Tom is having a panic attack.
You're the only one to survive the attack.
Tom had an attack of nerves.