Definition of "attack" []

  • To set upon with violent force. (verb-transitive)
  • To criticize strongly or in a hostile manner. (verb-transitive)
  • To start work on with purpose and vigor: attack a problem. (verb-transitive)
  • To begin to affect harmfully: a disease that attacks the central nervous system. (verb-transitive)
  • To make an attack; launch an assault: The enemy attacked during the night. (verb-intransitive)
  • To launch a physical assault (against) with or without weapons; begin hostilities (with) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To take the initiative in a game, sport, etc (verb)
  • To direct hostile words or writings at; criticize or abuse vehemently (verb)
  • To turn one's mind or energies vigorously to (a job, problem, etc) (verb)
  • To begin to injure or affect adversely; corrode, corrupt, or infect (verb)
  • To attempt to rape (verb)
  • The act or an instance of attacking (noun)
  • Strong criticism or abuse (noun)
  • An offensive move in a game, sport, etc (noun)
  • Commencement of a task, etc (noun)
  • Any sudden and usually severe manifestation of a disease or disorder (noun)
  • Decisiveness in beginning a passage, movement, or piece (noun)
  • The speed with which a note reaches its maximum volume (noun)
  • An attempted rape (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "attack" in a sentence
  • "But to cover a real attack on an angle, cavalry sometimes makes a _false attack_ on the front of a square."
  • "What's striking is that while everybody recognizes that Estrich's hysterical in both meanings of the term attack on Michael Kinsley was pure menopausal hot flash, the Axiom of Equality -- the assumption that any inequality disfavoring non-white males is the product of discrimination and must be alleviated -- is so engrained in public discourse that you just know Estrich is going to win in the end."
  • "The Portuguese driver will have a very busy March, with about 10 days of testing for the season, getting ready for the title attack on the European Formula Renault 2.0, title which belongs to his team Motopark Academy."