verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of attack
Synonyms for attack
Antonyms for attack
Examples from the Web for attacking
There is a particular focus in the magazine on attacking the United States, which al Qaeda calls a top target.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It drains your body of nutrients and vitamins, attacking the central nervous system and leaving you in a dehydrated, hazy state.
“When you attack public sector unions now, you are attacking the heart of the U.S. labor movement,” says Dine.
This one, attacking Georgia Democrat John Barrow, is probably touching on a real issue.The Strangest, Cheesiest, Most Brazenly False Political Ads of 2014|Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At times, it was unclear whether Kasich was attacking such conservatives from the left or the Christian right.
With a clear sense of his power, he placed bounds on his campaigns: as we saw, he refrained from attacking Egypt.The History of Antiquity, Vol. III (of VI)|Max Duncker
The fiery Tybalt is for attacking Romeo and his followers then and there.The Complete Opera Book|Gustav Kobb
Attacking the brain, they warp the judgment, and weaken the power of restraint.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners|B.G. Jefferis
Paying no further heed to the attacking giant, he swerved from the assault, caught the trail again, and increased his pace.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories|Albert Payson Terhune
Even though it looked like suicide, attacking the tower brought blessed relief.Planet of the Damned|Harry Harrison
Word Origin for attack
c.1600, from French attaquer (16c.), from Florentine Italian attaccare (battaglia) "join (battle)," thus the word is a doublet of attach, which was used 15c.-17c. also in the sense now reserved to attack. Related: Attacked; attacking.
1660s, from attack (v.). Cf. Middle English attach "a seizure or attack" (of fever), late 14c.