Meaning of ATTACK in English

ATTACK

I. verb

1.

to act in violent opposition

cavalry attacked the Indian camp

Synonyms: aggress, assail, assault, beset, fall (on or upon), storm, strike

Related Word: invade, irrupt; charge, raid, rush; besiege, blockade, encompass, invest; beleaguer, beset, harass, harry, press; turn (on)

Idioms: gang up on, light into, sail into, set upon, take the offensive

Contrasted words: defend, guard, protect, shield; combat, oppose, resist, withstand

2.

to begin to work vigorously (as at a task)

attack a problem

Synonyms: bang away (at), tackle

Related Word: buckle (to or down or down to), fall to, pitch in, wade (in or into)

Idioms: address ( or apply or devote) oneself to, give oneself up to

Contrasted words: dawdle, lag, poke, putter

II. noun

1.

an act of attacking especially in the form of an attempt to injure, destroy, or defame

insecticides that are essential for successful attack on insect pests

Synonyms: aggression, assailment, assault, offense, offensive, onfall, onset, onslaught

Related Word: charge, descent, drive, foray, push, raid, sally, sortie; blitz, incursion, inroad, surprise; action, battle

Contrasted words: championing, justification, protection, support, vindication; opposition, resistance; defending, guarding, protecting, sheltering

Antonyms: defense

2.

action or an attitude in a struggle that calls for or is opposed by defense

his policy had always been one of attack

Synonyms: aggression, aggressiveness, belligerence, combativeness, fight, pugnacity

Related Word: bellicosity, chauvinism, jingoism, warmongering; activation, militarization, mobilization, muster

Contrasted words: submissiveness, yielding

3.

an episode of bodily or mental disorder

a sudden attack of dizziness

Synonyms: access, fit, seizure, spell, throe, turn; compare siege

Related Word: outbreak, paroxysm, spasm; affection, ailment, complaint, disease, disorder

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