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Noun assault has 4 senses
  1. assault - close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
    --1 is a kind of
    battle, conflict, fight, engagement
    --1 is a part of attack, onslaught, onset, onrush
    --1 has particulars: resisting arrest; storm
  2. assault - a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
    --2 is a kind of
    attack, attempt
    --2 has particulars: aggravated assault; battery, assault and battery; mugging
    Derived form: verb assault1
  3. Assault - thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946
    --3 is a kind of
  4. rape, violation, assault, ravishment - the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
    --4 is a kind of sexual assault, sexual abuse, sex crime, sex offense
    --4 has particulars: date rape; statutory rape, carnal abuse
    Derived form: verb assault1
Verb assault has 3 senses
  1. assail, assault, set on, attack - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
    Derived forms: noun assault4, noun assault2, noun assaulter1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
  2. rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage - force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
    --2 is one way to assail, assault, set on, attack
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody
  3. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault - attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
    --3 is one way to knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart
    Derived form: noun assaulter1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
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