Attack - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈtæk|  American pronunciation of the word attack
Brit.  |əˈtak|  British pronunciation of the word attack


- (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)(syn: onrush, onset, onslaught)
- an offensive move in a sport or game
- intense adverse criticism(syn: blast, fire, flack, flak)
- ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation(syn: approach)
- the act of attacking(syn: attempt)
- a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase (syn: tone-beginning)
- a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
- the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent)
- strong criticism


- launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with(syn: assail)
- attack in speech or writing(syn: assail, assault, round, snipe)
- take the initiative and go on the offensive(syn: aggress)
- attack someone physically or emotionally (syn: assail, assault)
- set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
- begin to injure


He attacked the guard with a knife.

Troops attacked the fortress at dawn.

The troops attacked at dawn.

People are attacking the mayor for breaking campaign promises.

The professor has been widely attacked for her position on the issue.

Did you see the way the kids attacked that pizza?

The immune system is the body's defense against attack by germs.

The spray protects plants from attacks by many common pests.

The surprise attack came at dawn.

There is a threat of nuclear attack.

There have been many attacks against the professor for her position on the issue.

The newspaper editorial is an attack on policy-makers.

The bombers were in attack formation.

The enemy attacked treacherously.

Our troops attacked the enemy.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: attack
he/she/it: attacks
present participle: attacking
past tense: attacked
past participle: attacked
singular: attack
plural: attacks
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