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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
“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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The act of cleaning or tidying something
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Violent and hostile behaviour
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An organized activity involving a number of people
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Behaviour involving physical force intended to hurt or damage
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Decree of condemnation toward one or more persons, especially in the Roman antiquity
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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 physical or mental breakdown
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A sudden swoop or spring
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An act of consuming agricultural resources (crops, livestock), especially as plunder
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Offense
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An attack made to counter an enemy's attack
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Entire perspective
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The act of besieging, or the state of being besieged
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A surprise attack by people lying in wait in a concealed position
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An act of disloyalty
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Brainstorm or aberration
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The crime, typically committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will
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An act of seizing and attempting to stop or throw someone to the ground
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To take sudden, violent action against
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“Two men would attack Jessie, but he would fight back.”
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To confront through the use of military force
“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
“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 swallow in liquid form
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Hit or strike heavily, especially with the fist or a blunt implement
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To use bombs or artillery against
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To engage in an altercation
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To cause persistent suffering to
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To assault or abuse (a person, especially a woman or child) sexually
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To lie in wait for and attack by surprise
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To enter into contest or conflict with
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To seize or shake by the throat, especially of a dog or wolf
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To influence, usually emotionally
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To make an effort
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Start doing something with vigour or determination
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To persistently carry out attacks on (an enemy or an enemy's territory)
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To stop, deflect or divert (something in progress or motion)
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Wear away
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Machine-gun
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To spring upon suddenly to attack or capture
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Knock to the ground
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Select as an object of attention or attack
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To afflict or haunt with (harm)
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Punish repeatedly and unfairly
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To gain access into, or data from, a (computer) system without authorization
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To accuse or bring criminal charges against
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To do one's part
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To express dissatisfaction or annoyance about something
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Attack, terrorize
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To betray someone that has one's trust