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Meaning of ATTACK

Pronunciation:  u'tak

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
  2. [n]  an offensive move in a sport or game; "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"
  3. [n]  the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
  4. [n]  ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation; "his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons"; "an attack on inflation"; "his plan of attack was misguided"
  5. [n]  an offensive against and enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
  6. [n]  strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"
  7. [n]  intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"
  8. [n]  the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent); "the film was sensitive to attack by acids"; "open to attack by the elements"
  9. [n]  a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea"
  10. [v]  begin to injure; "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"
  11. [v]  set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; "I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"
  12. [v]  attack verbally, in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
  13. [v]  take the initiative and go on the offensive; "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"
  14. [v]  launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities with, as in warfare; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
  15. [v]  attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

ATTACK is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: aggress, approach, assail, assault, assault, attempt, blast, fire, flack, flak, lash out, onrush, onset, onslaught, plan of attack, round, set on, snipe, tone-beginning
 Antonyms: defend
 See Also: abuse, act, affect, affliction, anxiety attack, apoplexy, aspersion, assault, avenue, bait, banzai attack, banzai charge, barrage, begin, beginning, beleaguer, beset, besiege, blackguard, blister, blitz, blitz, bomb, bombard, bombardment, bombing, bulldog, bust, calumny, cannonade, cerebrovascular accident, charge, check, circumvent, clapperclaw, claw, commence, commencement, conceptualisation, conceptualization, counterattack, counterattack, countermove, counterstrike, coup de main, crime, criticise, criticism, criticism, criticize, CVA, defamation, degeneration, denigration, desecrate, devolution, dishonor, dishonour, diversion, diversionary attack, fight, fire, firing, fit, fork, formulation, gas, get, ground attack, heart attack, hem in, hit, hysterics, ictus, incursion, invade, jump, law-breaking, military operation, molest, move, occlusion, occupy, operation, outrage, paroxysm, pelt, penetration, pepper, pick apart, pin, play, profane, raid, rape, raptus, ravish, reassail, rip, rubbish, rush, savage, seizure, set, set about, set out, set upon, shout, sic, slander, spot, start, start, start out, storm, strike, strike, stroke, struggle, submarine, surprise, surprise attack, surround, tackle, torpedo, touch, turn, unfavorable judgment, unfavorable judgment, violate, vitriol, whang, whip



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \At*tack"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attacked}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Attacking}.] [F. attaquer, orig. another form of attacher
    to attack: cf. It. attacare to fasten, attack. See {Attach},
    {Tack} a small nail.]
    1. To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and
       arms; to assault. ``Attack their lines.'' --Dryden.
    2. To assail with unfriendly speech or writing; to begin a
       controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into
       disrepute, by criticism or satire; to censure; as, to
       attack a man, or his opinions, in a pamphlet.
    3. To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some
       object of labor or investigation.
    4. To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or
       destructively; to begin to decompose or waste.
             On the fourth of March he was attacked by fever.
             Hydrofluoric acid . . . attacks the glass. --B.
    Syn: To {Attack}, {Assail}, {Assault}, {Invade}.
    Usage: These words all denote a violent onset; attack being
           the generic term, and the others specific forms of
           attack. To attack is to commence the onset; to assail
           is to make a sudden and violent attack, or to make
           repeated attacks; to assault (literally, to leap upon)
           is to attack physically by a had-to-hand approach or
           by unlawful and insulting violence; to invade is to
           enter by force on what belongs to another. Thus, a
           person may attack by offering violence of any kind; he
           may assail by means of missile weapons; he may assault
           by direct personal violence; a king may invade by
           marching an army into a country. Figuratively, we may
           say, men attack with argument or satire; they assail
           with abuse or reproaches; they may be assaulted by
           severe temptations; the rights of the people may be
           invaded by the encroachments of the crown.
  2. \At*tack"\, v. i.
    To make an onset or attack.
  3. \At*tack"\, n. [Cf. F. attaque.]
    1. The act of attacking, or falling on with force or
       violence; an onset; an assault; -- opposed to defense.
    2. An assault upon one's feelings or reputation with
       unfriendly or bitter words.
    3. A setting to work upon some task, etc.
    4. An access of disease; a fit of sickness.
    5. The beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive
       action, by a chemical agent.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Always be careful for a period of time (several weeks) after such a dream because it is a warning. If the attacker in your dream is an animal, watch out for that type of a animal, but also notice how some people act like animals. If you dream that you have attacked someone, that is also a warning that your ill mood or temper fits may cause you to harm another and bring chaos down on your head. If you are attacked by someone you know you may have to withstand an attack on your character and defend your honor, so to speak. If you are attacked by an animal be very careful of walking the dark streets or putting your self in the places where you could possibly be attacked by a mugger, etc.. If you dream that you repel your attacker then you will meet with success in your current endeavor, and if you kill an attacking animal then will your life will be saved by a stranger.
Thesaurus Terms
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