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attack

 
Noun attack has 9 senses
  1. attack, onslaught, onset, onrush - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
    --1 is a kind of operation, military operation
    --1 has parts: assault
    --1 has particulars:
     ground attack; charge; banzai attack, banzai charge; diversion, diversionary attack; penetration, incursion; blitz; strike; counterattack, countermove; bombing, bombardment; fire, firing; strafe; surprise attack, coup de main
    Derived forms: verb attack3, verb attack1
  2. attack - a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea"
    --2 is a kind of
    affliction
    --2 has particulars:
     anxiety attack; flare; seizure, ictus, raptus; touch, spot; stroke, apoplexy, cerebrovascular accident, CVA; paroxysm, fit, convulsion; hysterics; occlusion; heart attack
  3. fire, attack, flak, flack, blast - intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"
    --3 is a kind of criticism, unfavorable judgment
    Derived form: verb attack2
  4. attack, attempt - the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
    --4 is a kind of crime, law-breaking
    --4 has particulars: assault
    Derived form: verb attack4
  5. attack - an offensive move in a sport or game; "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"
    --5 is a kind of
    turn, play
    --5 has particulars: counterattack, counterplay
  6. attack - 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"
    --6 is a kind of
    degeneration, devolution
    Derived form: verb attack6
  7. approach, attack, plan of attack - 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"
    --7 is a kind of conceptualization, conceptualisation, formulation
    --7 has particulars: avenue
  8. attack, tone-beginning - a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
    --8 is a kind of beginning, start, commencement
  9. attack - strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"
    --9 is a kind of
    criticism, unfavorable judgment
    --9 has particulars:
     aspersion, calumny, slander, defamation, denigration
Verb attack has 6 senses
  1. attack, assail - 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"
    --1 is one way to fight, struggle
    Antonyms: defend
    Derived forms: noun attack1, noun attacker1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
  2. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault - attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
    --2 is one way to knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart
    Derived forms: noun attack3, noun attacker1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  3. attack, aggress - take the initiative and go on the offensive; "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"
    --3 is one way to act, move
    Derived forms: noun attack1, noun attacker1
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s
    => Somebody ----s something
    => Somebody ----s somebody
  4. assail, assault, set on, attack - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
    Derived forms: noun attack4, noun attacker1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
  5. attack - 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 is one way to
    get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence
    Derived form: noun attacker1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  6. attack - begin to injure; "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"
    --6 is one way to
    affect
    Derived forms: noun attack6, noun attacker1
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
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