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1 attack ˈtæk/ verb
attacks; attacked; attacking
1 attack
ˈtæk/
verb
attacks; attacked; attacking
Learner's definition of ATTACK
: to act violently against (someone or something) : to try to hurt, injure, or destroy (something or someone)
[+ object]
often used as (be) attacked
[no object]
[+ object] : to criticize (someone or something) in a very harsh and severe way
[+ object]
: to begin to work on or deal with (something, such as a problem) in a determined and eager way
: to begin to eat (food) eagerly
[+ object] : to begin to harm, injure, or destroy (something)
sports : to try to score points or goals by moving forward in a very forceful way
[no object]
[+ object]

— attacker

noun, plural attackers [count]
2 attack ˈtæk/ noun
plural attacks
2 attack
ˈtæk/
noun
plural attacks
Learner's definition of ATTACK
[count] : a violent, harmful, or destructive act against someone or something
often + on
: harmful or destructive action against something by a disease, insect, chemical, etc.
[noncount]
[count]
: an attempt by a military force to defeat an enemy : a military offensive
[count]
[noncount]
[count] : strong or severe criticism
[count] : a sudden short period of suffering from an illness or of being affected by a strong emotion often + of
sometimes used figuratively
see also heart attack
[count] : an attempt to destroy or end something often + on
: a method of dealing with something (such as a problem)
[count]
[noncount]
sports
[count] : an attempt by a player or group of players to score points, goals, or runs usually singular
British : the players on a team who try to score : offense
[singular]
[noncount]

on the attack

: making an attack

under attack

: being affected or hurt by an attack : being attacked
3 attack ˈtæk/ adjective
3 attack
ˈtæk/
adjective
Learner's definition of ATTACK
always used before a noun
: designed for or used in a military attack
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