assault

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1 assault ˈsɑːlt/ noun
plural assaults
1 assault
ˈsɑːlt/
noun
plural assaults
Learner's definition of ASSAULT
[noncount] law : the crime of trying or threatening to hurt someone physically
see also indecent assault
[count] : a violent physical attack
[count] : a military attack
often + on often used figuratively

under assault

: being attacked or criticized
2 assault ˈsɑːlt/ verb
assaults; assaulted; assaulting
2 assault
ˈsɑːlt/
verb
assaults; assaulted; assaulting
Learner's definition of ASSAULT
[+ object]
: to violently attack (someone or something)
sometimes used figuratively
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