attack */*/*/

I UK [əˈtæk] / US verb
Word forms "attack":
present tense I/you/we/they attack he/she/it attacks present participle attacking past tense attacked past participle attacked
1)
a) [intransitive/transitive] to use violence to harm a person, animal, or place

It was shortly before midnight when the terrorists attacked.

attack someone with something:

Two prison officers were brutally attacked with a knife.

b) to use weapons to try to defeat an enemy

The enemy attacked at dawn.

US jets attacked five air defence sites in the north.

2) [transitive] to strongly criticize someone or something for their ideas or actions

Opponents attacked the government's plan to increase road tax.

attack someone/something for (doing) something:

Parliament has been attacked for failing to take action.

attack something as something:

The deputy Prime Minister last night attacked the decision as foolish.


Collocations:
Adverbs frequently used with attack
▪  bitterly, fiercely, openly, sharply, strongly, vigorously
3) [intransitive/transitive] to cause damage or disease in something

The virus attacks the body's red blood cells.

The wood had been attacked by a fungus.

4) [transitive] to begin working on something or doing something with enthusiasm and determination

We need to attack the problem now before it gets worse.

She was just about to attack a plate of spaghetti when the phone rang.

5) [intransitive/transitive] to try to score points against an opponent in a game or sport

They attacked with determination and defended well.


II UK [əˈtæk] / US noun
Word forms "attack":
singular attack plural attacks
1)
a) [countable] a violent attempt to harm a person, animal, or place

a vicious attack

attack on:

measures to reduce the number of sexual attacks on young women

b) [countable/uncountable] an organized attempt to defeat an enemy, using weapons

a nuclear attack

attack on:

Government forces renewed their attacks on a key communications tower.

launch/mount an attack:

We mounted a surprise attack against their ammunition depot.

be/come under attack:

The city was under attack throughout the night.

2) [countable/uncountable] strong criticism
attack on:

The book is widely seen as an attack on the education system.

launch/mount an attack:

He was outraged by the personal attacks launched against him.

be/come under attack:

Both candidates have come under attack for their health-care proposals.


Collocations:
Adjectives frequently used with attack
▪  bitter, concerted, fierce, harsh, scathing
3)
a) [countable] the beginning or return of an illness, or the period during which you have it

a severe asthma attack

attack of:

an attack of the flu

b) the beginning of a strong feeling or need, or the period during which you have it

a hunger attack

an anxiety attack

attack of:

an attack of spring fever

••
See:
heart attack
4) [countable] an attempt to score points against an opponent in a game or sport

Their attack in the final minutes wasn't enough to win the game.


English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • attack — vb Attack, assail, assault, bombard, storm are comparable not only in their military but also in their extended senses. All carry as their basic meaning to make a more or less violent onset upon. Attack originally connoted a fastening upon… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Attack No. 1 — アタックNo.1 (Atakku No. 1) Genre Sports, Drama Manga …   Wikipedia

  • Attack — is a word meaning to strike out at an opponent, among other definitions.It can also refer to: *Angle of attack, a term used in aerodynamics * The Attack (Animorphs), the twenty sixth book in the Animorphs series * Attack! (board game), a 2003… …   Wikipedia

  • Attack No. 1 — アタックNo.1 (Лучшая подача) Жанр спокон, драма …   Википедия

  • Attack No. 1 — アタック No.1 (Atakku No. 1) Género romance, deportes (Voleibol) Manga Creado por Chikako Urano Editorial …   Wikipedia Español

  • Attack — At*tack , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attacked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Attacking}.] [F. attaquer, orig. another form of attacher to attack: cf. It. attacare to fasten, attack. See {Attach}, {Tack} a small nail.] 1. To fall upon with force; to assail, as with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attack — at·tack n: an attempt to prove something invalid or incorrect esp. through judicial procedures made an attack on the will as not properly witnessed; specif: an attempt to have the judgment of a court corrected or overruled collateral attack: an… …   Law dictionary

  • Attack — «Attack» Сингл 30 Seconds to Mars из альбома A Beautiful Lie …   Википедия

  • Attack — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Attack» Sencillo de 30 Seconds to Mars del álbum A Beautiful Lie Publicación …   Wikipedia Español

  • attack — [ə tak′] vt. [Fr attaquer < It attaccare < * estaccare < Goth * stakka, stake: see STICK] 1. to use force against in order to harm; start a fight with; strike out at with physical or military force; assault 2. to speak or write against,… …   English World dictionary

  • attack — [n1] physical assault advance, aggression, assailing, assailment, barrage, blitz, blitzkrieg, charge, defilement, dirty deed*, drive, encounter, encroachment, foray, incursion, initiative, inroad, intervention, intrusion, invasion, irruption,… …   New thesaurus


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.