What is the meaning of attack?


  • Military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons. ()
    • usage: "the attack began at dawn"
  • An offensive move in a sport or game.
    • usage: "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"
  • Intense adverse criticism.
    • usage: "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"
  • Ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation.
    • usage: "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"
  • The act of attacking.
    • usage: "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
  • A decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase.
  • A sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition.
    • usage: "an attack of diarrhea"
  • The onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent. )
    • usage: "the film was sensitive to attack by acids"; "open to attack by the elements"
  • Strong criticism.
    • usage: "he published an unexpected attack on my work"


  • Launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with.
    • usage: "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
  • Attack in speech or writing.
    • usage: "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
  • Take the initiative and go on the offensive.
    • usage: "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"
  • Attack someone physically or emotionally.
    • usage: "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
  • Set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task.
    • usage: "I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"
  • Begin to injure.
    • usage: "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"
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APAWordNet. (2010). attack. Retrieved September 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/attack/definitions/1189618
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "attack" http://smartdefine.org/attack/definitions/1189618 (accessed September 24, 2018).
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MLAWordNet. "attack" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 September 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/attack/definitions/1189618>
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