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attack

[ uh-tak ]
/ əˈtæk /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make an attack; begin hostilities.

noun

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Origin of attack

1590–1600; earlier atta(c)que<Middle French atta(c)quer<Italian attaccare to attack, attach
1. Attack, assail, assault, molest all mean to set upon someone forcibly, with hostile or violent intent. Attack is the most general word and applies to a beginning of hostilities, especially those definitely planned: to attack from ambush. Assail implies vehement, sudden, and sometimes repeated attack: to assail with weapons or with gossip. Assault almost always implies bodily violence: to assault with intent to kill. To molest is to harass, to threaten, or to assault: He was safe, and where no one could molest him.
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British Dictionary definitions for attack

attack
/ (əˈtæk) /

verb

noun

attackable, adjectiveattacker, nounattacking, adjective
C16: from French attaquer, from Old Italian attaccare to attack, attach, from estaccare to attach, from stacca stake 1; compare attach
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for attack

attack
[ ə-tăk ]

n.

An episode or onset of a disease, often sudden in nature.
at•tack v.
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