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Plural for an aggressive and violent physical act against a person or object
“Police have confirmed they are treating reports of the assault very seriously.”
Plural for a military strike or incursion
“We are very concerned about the possibility that foreign troops will launch an attack on our nation.”
Plural for an instance of fierce public criticism or opposition
“Arnold launched a blistering attack on the credentials of the opposition party.”
Plural for a sudden short bout of an illness or stress
“The heavy pollen is the reason behind my sudden attack of hayfever.”
(usually of a disease or condition) Plural for the act of being adversely affected
“A weakened immune system leaves the body open to attack from viruses and infections.”
To take sudden, violent action against
“Two men would attack Jessie but he would fight back.”
To confront through the use of military force
“The government deployed additional forces to attack known terrorist strongholds.”
To criticize or oppose fiercely and publicly
“The press were not impressed with the official's rhetoric and would attack him relentlessly.”
To apply oneself to, or start work on, a given task or issue
“We need to attack the problem now before it exacerbates.”
(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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