[ US /əˈtæk/ ]
[ UK /ɐtˈæk/ ]
  1. a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
  2. intense adverse criticism
    Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party
    the government has come under attack
    don't give me any flak
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
    an attack of diarrhea
  6. strong criticism
    he published an unexpected attack on my work
  7. an offensive move in a sport or game
    they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning
  8. the act of attacking
    they made an attempt on his life
    attacks on women increased last year
  9. (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
    the attack began at dawn
  1. 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
  2. take the initiative and go on the offensive
    The visiting team started to attack
    The Serbs attacked the village at night
  3. begin to injure
    The cancer cells are attacking his liver
    Rust is attacking the metal
  4. set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
    I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed
  5. attack someone physically or emotionally
    Nightmares assailed him regularly
    The mugger assaulted the woman
  6. attack in speech or writing
    The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker
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How To Use attack In A Sentence

  • Blackpool Scorpions notched their first away win of the season against a good attacking Leigh team.
  • IS is said to have used chlorine gas in attacks and built up a substantial chemical weapons cache. The Sun
  • Airline officials are calling the attack a suicide attempt.
  • It is therefore unsurprising that such seizures are sometimes confused with panic attacks.
  • You live and die by the way you defend and attack. The Sun
  • Survivors of the terror attack will give evidence today. Times, Sunday Times
  • Severe paruresis in school aged children can also lead to complete school refusal by the child, as well as more pervasive anxiety that can spread into other areas of life, such as social anxiety or even panic attacks. WebWire | Recent Headlines
  • The contours show combinations of mimic phenotypes that are attacked by predators with equal probability.
  • The virus can actually destroy those white blood cells, leaving the body wide open to attack from other infections.
  • Once the bewitcher is unmasked they are then confronted and asked to call off the attack.
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