Meaning of ASSAULT in English


I. ə-ˈsȯlt noun

Etymology: Middle English assaut, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin * assaltus, from assalire

Date: 14th century


a. : a violent physical or verbal attack

b. : a military attack usually involving direct combat with enemy forces

c. : a concerted effort (as to reach a goal or defeat an adversary)


a. : a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact — compare battery 1b

b. : rape 2

II. verb

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to make an assault on

2. : rape 2

intransitive verb

: to make an assault

Synonyms: see attack

• as·sault·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.