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An aggressive and violent physical act against a person or object
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“Police have confirmed they are treating reports of the attack very seriously.”
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A military strike or incursion
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“We are very concerned about the possibility that foreign troops will launch an attack on our nation.”
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An instance of fierce public criticism or opposition
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“Arnold launched a blistering attack on the credentials of the opposition party.”
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A sudden short bout of an illness or stress
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“The heavy pollen is the reason behind my sudden attack of hayfever.”
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(usually of a disease or condition) The act of being adversely affected
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“A weakened immune system leaves the body open to attack from viruses and infections.”
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A strike with a part of the body or an instrument
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A prolonged armed struggle
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A robbery at gunpoint
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A method or set of methods for doing or organizing something
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Violent or hostile behavior
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Behaviour involving physical force intended to hurt or damage
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(computing) A program or technique that exploits a vulnerability in other software
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A verbal attack
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A sudden feeling of sickness or nausea
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A physical or mental breakdown
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A sudden swoop or spring
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Offense
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Entire perspective
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An attack made in relation or response to an attack by one's opponents
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The crime of forcing another person to engage in coitus against their will
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Burglary, robbery
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An act of disloyalty
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The act of besieging, or the state of being besieged
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Brainstorm or aberration
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An act of seizing and attempting to stop or throw someone to the ground
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To take violent or aggressive action against
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“Two men would attack Jessie, but he would fight back.”
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To physically assault
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“Did not this man attack me with his fists? He did indeed, And even now my cheeks smart with his blows.”
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To confront through the use of military force
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“The government deployed additional forces to attack known terrorist strongholds.”
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To criticize or oppose fiercely and publicly
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“Journalists were not impressed with the official's rhetoric and would attack him relentlessly.”
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To apply oneself to, or start work on, a given task or issue
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“We need to attack the problem now before it exacerbates.”
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(usually of a disease or condition) To affect adversely
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“The disease would attack my body's defenses and cause me to feel ill for days.”
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To destroy or disrupt by means of sabotage
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To drink or consume a liquid
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To defy or put up an opposition to
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To cause anguish or distress to
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To engage in an altercation
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To be hiding, waiting to ambush or attack someone
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To assault or abuse someone, especially indecently
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To confront or come up against
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To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf
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To make an effort at doing something
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Start doing something with vigour or determination
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To accuse of wrongdoing
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To spring upon suddenly to attack or capture
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Move directly towards someone or something in a purposeful or intimidating manner
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To select as an object of attention or attack
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To afflict or haunt with (harm)
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To gain access into, or data from, a (computer) system without authorization
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To do one's part