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Definition 1: (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the attack began at dawn

Synonyms for attack in the sense of this definition

(attack is a kind of ...) activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)

"it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"

(... is a kind of attack ) an attack without warning

(... is a kind of attack ) an attack of machine-gun fire or cannon fire from a low flying airplane

"the next morning they carried out a strafe of enemy airfields"

(... is a kind of attack ) the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

"hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes" "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"

(... is a kind of attack ) an attack by dropping bombs

(... is a kind of attack ) an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.

(... is a kind of attack ) an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective

"the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"

(... is a kind of attack ) a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment

(... is a kind of attack ) an attack that penetrates into enemy territory

(... is a kind of attack ) an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack

(... is a kind of attack ) a mass attack of troops without concern for casualties; originated by Japanese who accompanied it with yells of `banzai'

(... is a kind of attack ) an impetuous rush toward someone or something

"the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary" "the battle began with a cavalry charge"

(... is a kind of attack ) an attack by ground troops

(attack is a part of ...) close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

(attack belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 2: a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for attack in the sense of this definition

(attack is a kind of ...) the act of starting something

"he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

Definition 3: the act of attacking - [noun denoting act]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • attacks on women increased last year
  • they made an attempt on his life

Synonyms for attack in the sense of this definition

(attack is a kind of ...) (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

"a long record of crimes"

(... is a kind of attack ) a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped

Definition 4: ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation - [noun denoting act]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for attack in the sense of this definition

(attack is a kind of ...) inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally

(... is a kind of attack ) a line of approach

"they explored every avenue they could think of" "it promises to open new avenues to understanding"

Definition 5: an offensive move in a sport or game - [noun denoting act]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning

(attack is a kind of ...) (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

"it is my turn" "it is still my play"

(... is a kind of attack ) (chess) an attack that is intended to counter the opponent's advantage in another part of the board

Definition 6: strong criticism - [noun denoting act]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he published an unexpected attack on my work

(attack is a kind of ...) disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

"the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"

(... is a kind of attack ) an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

Definition 7: intense adverse criticism - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party
  • the government has come under attack
  • don't give me any flak

Synonyms for attack in the sense of this definition

(attack is a kind of ...) disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

"the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"

Definition 8: the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent) - [noun denoting process]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the film was sensitive to attack by acids
  • open to attack by the elements

(attack is a kind of ...) the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality

Definition 9: a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition - [noun denoting state]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an attack of diarrhea

(attack is a kind of ...) a cause of great suffering and distress

(... is a kind of attack ) closure or blockage (as of a blood vessel)

(... is a kind of attack ) an attack of hysteria

(... is a kind of attack ) a sudden uncontrollable attack

"a paroxysm of giggling" "a fit of coughing" "convulsions of laughter"

(... is a kind of attack ) a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain

(... is a kind of attack ) a slight attack of illness

"he has a touch of rheumatism"

(... is a kind of attack ) a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease

"he suffered an epileptic seizure"

(... is a kind of attack ) a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms

"a colitis flare" "infection can cause a lupus flare"

(... is a kind of attack ) a sudden acute episode of intense anxiety and feelings of panic

(... is a kind of attack ) a sudden severe instance of abnormal heart function

Definition 10: begin to injure - [verb of body]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The cancer cells are attacking his liver
  • Rust is attacking the metal

(attack is a kind of ...) act physically on; have an effect upon

"the medicine affects my heart rate"

Definition 11: set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task - [verb of change]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed

(attack is a kind of ...) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

"We began working at dawn" "Who will start?" "Get working as soon as the sun rises!" "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia" "He began early in the day" "Let's get down to work now"

Definition 12: attack in speech or writing - [verb of communication]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker

Synonyms for attack in the sense of this definition

(attack is a kind of ...) find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

"The paper criticized the new movie" "Don't knock the food--it's free"

(... is a kind of attack ) use foul or abusive language towards

"The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket" "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"

(... is a kind of attack ) attack as if with claws

"The politician clawed his rival"

(... is a kind of attack ) subject to bitter verbal abuse

(... is a kind of attack ) criticize or abuse strongly and violently

"The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly"

(... is a kind of attack ) attack forcefully

"whang away at the school reform plan"

(... is a kind of attack ) address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage

"The speaker was barraged by an angry audience" "The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer"

(... is a kind of attack ) subject to harsh criticism

"The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday" "the professor scaled the students" "your invectives scorched the community"

(... is a kind of attack ) attack strongly

Definition 13: launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with - [verb of competition]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II
  • Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week

Synonyms for attack in the sense of this definition

(attack is a kind of ...) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

"the tribesmen fought each other" "Siblings are always fighting" "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

(... is a kind of attack ) attack or hit with torpedoes

(... is a kind of attack ) attack with cannons or artillery

(... is a kind of attack ) attack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane

"civilians were strafed in an effort to force the country's surrender"

(... is a kind of attack ) throw bombs at or attack with bombs

"The Americans bombed Dresden"

(... is a kind of attack ) surround so as to force to give up

"The Turks besieged Vienna"

(... is a kind of attack ) march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation

"Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"

(... is a kind of attack ) attack suddenly and without warning

"Hitler blitzed Poland"

(... is a kind of attack ) attack by storm; attack suddenly

(... is a kind of attack ) attack with gas; subject to gas fumes

"The despot gassed the rebellious tribes"

(... is a kind of attack ) make a counterattack

(... is a kind of attack ) make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target

"The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939" "We must strike the enemy's oil fields" "in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2"

(... is a kind of attack ) attack and bombard with or as if with missiles

"pelt the speaker with questions"

(... is a kind of attack ) attack by submarine

"The Germans submarined the Allies"

(... is a kind of attack ) search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on

"The police raided the crack house"

(attack has a similar meaning as ...) take the initiative and go on the offensive

"The Serbs attacked the village at night" "The visiting team started to attack"

Definition 14: take the initiative and go on the offensive - [verb of competition]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Serbs attacked the village at night
  • The visiting team started to attack

Synonyms for attack in the sense of this definition

(attack is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of attack ) place into check

"He checked my kings"

(... is a kind of attack ) place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces

(... is a kind of attack ) exhaust by attacking repeatedly

"harass the enemy"

(... is a kind of attack ) (chess) immobilize a piece

(... is a kind of attack ) seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball

(attack has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 15: attack someone physically or emotionally - [verb of competition]

Samples where attack or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The mugger assaulted the woman
  • Nightmares assailed him regularly

Synonyms for attack in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of attack ) attack with dogs or set dogs upon

(... is a kind of attack ) violate the sacred character of a place or language

"desecrate a cemetery" "violate the sanctity of the church" "profane the name of God"

(... is a kind of attack ) force (someone) to have sex against their will

"The woman was raped on her way home at night"

(... is a kind of attack ) assail or attack on all sides:

"The zebra was beset by leopards"

(... is a kind of attack ) make a sudden physical attack on

"The muggers jumped the woman in the fur coat"

(... is a kind of attack ) assail again

"Her old fears reassailed her"

(... is a kind of attack ) attack brutally and fiercely

(... is a kind of attack ) attack or hit on or from the side where the attacked person's view is obstructed

(... is a kind of attack ) attack suddenly

(... is a kind of attack ) attack viciously and ferociously

(... is a kind of attack ) urge to attack someone

"The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders" "the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits"

(... is a kind of attack ) harass or assault sexually; make indecent advances to

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