Meaning of ATTACK in English

ATTACK

I.

noun

1 violence against sb

ADJECTIVE

▪ brutal , frenzied , horrific , savage , serious , vicious , violent

▪ unprovoked

Stephen had died in an unprovoked racist ~.

▪ homophobic , racist

▪ arson , gun , knife

an increase in knife ~s on police officers

▪ sexual

… OF ATTACKS

▪ series , spate , wave

VERB + ATTACK

▪ carry out

Two teenagers carried out a frenzied ~ on a taxi driver.

▪ be subjected to

He was subjected to a violent ~.

▪ block , dodge

ATTACK + VERB

▪ happen , occur , take place

Where did the ~ happen?

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ against

vicious ~s against senior citizens

▪ ~ by

an ~ by an armed gang

▪ ~ on

an ~ on a bus driver

PHRASES

▪ a victim of an ~

2 act of violence in war

ADJECTIVE

▪ all-out , full-scale , major

▪ sustained

▪ deadly , devastating

▪ horrific

▪ sneak , surprise

the sneak ~ on Pearl Harbor

▪ retaliatory

▪ pre-emptive

The administration may launch a pre-emptive ~ against terrorist bases.

▪ mock

▪ direct , flank , frontal

▪ enemy , guerrilla , insurgent , terror , terrorist

▪ suicide

▪ air , bomb , missile , mortar , nuclear , rocket

▪ biological , chemical

… OF ATTACKS

▪ series

The border towns have suffered a series of ~s.

VERB + ATTACK

▪ carry out , launch , lead , make , mount , spearhead

The soldiers mounted an all-out ~ on the town.

▪ come under , suffer

They came under sustained ~ from the air.

▪ repel , repulse , resist

▪ prevent , stop

▪ survive , withstand

Most of the population would stand little chance of surviving a nuclear ~.

▪ press ( esp. AmE ), press home ( esp. BrE ), renew

Bombers renewed their ~, causing severe damage to bridges.

▪ plan

ATTACK + VERB

▪ come , happen , occur , take place

The ~ took place under cover of darkness.

▪ continue

▪ fail , succeed

PREPOSITION

▪ under ~

The province has been under ~ from the rebels.

▪ ~ against

~s against civilians

▪ ~ by

an ~ by rebel forces

▪ ~ on

an ~ on enemy positions

3 criticism

ADJECTIVE

▪ bitter , blistering , devastating , fierce , outspoken ( BrE ), savage , scathing , scurrilous , stinging , vigorous

▪ personal

It was seen as a personal ~ on the president.

▪ concerted

▪ direct

▪ verbal

VERB + ATTACK

▪ deliver , go on the , launch , make , mount , unleash

Doctors have gone on the ~, accusing the government of incompetence.

▪ come under , provoke

All politicians come under ~ for their views.

The government's decision has provoked an ~ from leaders of the health service.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ on , ~ upon

an ~ on my integrity

PHRASES

▪ a/the line of ~

The first line of ~ is often name-calling.

▪ open to ~

He has laid himself wide open to ~.

4 sudden illness

ADJECTIVE

▪ acute , sudden

▪ bad , nasty , severe

▪ fatal

▪ mild , slight

▪ recurrent

▪ asthma , heart , panic

a fatal heart ~

VERB + ATTACK

▪ experience , have , suffer , suffer from

He suffers from ~s of anxiety.

▪ bring on , cause , trigger

a heart ~ brought on by stress

ATTACK + VERB

▪ happen , occur , take place

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ of

a sudden ~ of nerves

II.

verb

1 use violence

ADVERB

▪ brutally , savagely , viciously , violently

They were brutally ~ed by two men.

▪ physically

▪ repeatedly

PREPOSITION

▪ with

He ~ed her with a knife.

2 criticize

ADVERB

▪ fiercely , savagely , strongly , vigorously

▪ repeatedly

▪ directly

PREPOSITION

▪ for

The police have been strongly ~ed for not taking immediate action.

Attack is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ aircraft , ↑ army , ↑ article , ↑ critic , ↑ demonstrator , ↑ dog , ↑ enemy , ↑ fanatic , ↑ lion , ↑ mob , ↑ monster , ↑ rapist , ↑ rebel , ↑ report , ↑ shark , ↑ tank , ↑ troops , ↑ vandal , ↑ virus

Attack is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ bacteria , ↑ barracks , ↑ base , ↑ camp , ↑ castle , ↑ cell , ↑ civilian , ↑ convoy , ↑ corruption , ↑ country , ↑ embassy , ↑ enemy , ↑ flank , ↑ fort , ↑ fortress , ↑ neighbour , ↑ opponent , ↑ patrol , ↑ problem , ↑ rebel , ↑ ship , ↑ target , ↑ vessel

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