(noun, verb)


1. (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

- the attack began at dawn

Similar word(s): onrush, onset, onslaught

Definition categories: act, operation

2. an offensive move in a sport or game

- they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning

Definition categories: act, play, turn

3. intense adverse criticism

- the government has come under attack

Similar word(s): blast, fire, flack, flak

Definition categories: communication, criticism

4. ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation

- an attack on inflation

- his plan of attack was misguided

Similar word(s): approach

Definition categories: act, conceptualisation, conceptualization, formulation

5. the act of attacking

- attacks on women increased last year

Similar word(s): attempt

Definition categories: act, crime

6. a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase

Definition categories: act, beginning, commencement, start

7. a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition

- an attack of diarrhea

Definition categories: state, affliction

8. 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

Definition categories: process, degeneration, devolution

9. strong criticism

- he published an unexpected attack on my work

Definition categories: act, criticism

Sentences with attack as a noun:

- They claimed the censorship of the article was an attack on free speech.

- The army timed their attack to coincide with the local celebrations.

- I´ve had an attack of the flu.


1. launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

- Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II

Similar word(s): assail

Definition categories: competition, contend, fight, struggle

2. attack in speech or writing

- The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker

Similar word(s): assail, assault, round, snipe

Definition categories: communication, criticise, criticize, knock

3. take the initiative and go on the offensive

- The Serbs attacked the village at night

- The visiting team started to attack

Similar word(s): aggress

Definition categories: competition, act, move

4. attack someone physically or emotionally

Similar word(s): assail, assault

Definition categories: competition

5. set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task

- I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed

Definition categories: change, begin, commence, get, start

6. begin to injure

- The cancer cells are attacking his liver

- Rust is attacking the metal

Definition categories: body, affect

Sentences with attack as a verb:

- This species of snake will only attack humans if it feels threatened.

- She published an article attacking the recent pay cuts.

- We´ll have dinner before we attack the biology homework.

- I attacked the meal with a hearty appetite.