Meaning of attack

Definition of attack

(noun) (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
an offensive move in a sport or game; "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"
intense adverse criticism; "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; "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; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea"
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"
strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"
(verb) 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"
attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
take the initiative and go on the offensive; "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"
attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; "I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"
begin to injure; "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"

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