- 1Take aggressive military action against (a place or enemy forces) with weapons or armed force: in February the Germans attacked Verdun [no object]: the terrorists did not attack again until MarchMás ejemplos en oraciones
- The government deployed additional military forces to attack terrorist strongholds.
- While the band was waiting for authorization to enter the States as working musicians, terrorists attacked the World Trade Centre.
- The Blackfoot became respected as an aggressive military force, attacking and destroying several trading posts in their territory.
- 1.1Act against (someone or something) aggressively in an attempt to injure or kill: a doctor was attacked by two youthsMás ejemplos en oraciones
assault, beat, beat up, batter, thrash, pound, pummel, assail, set upon, fall upon, set about, strike at, let fly at, tear into, lash out at; ambush, mug, pounce on• informal jump, paste, do over, work over, knock about/around, rough up, lay into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, get stuck into, beat the living daylights out of, let someone have itBritish • informal have a go at, duff someone upNorth American • informal beat up on, light into
- Police said the man was shot and killed when he attempted to attack police.
- She also assured us that the jaguar is not a man-eater - in fact there are no recorded cases of a person being attacked or killed by a jaguar in an unprovoked situation.
- But immediately after the elections violence broke out and several houses were set on fire and people were attacked and killed.
- 1.2(Of a disease, chemical, or insect) act harmfully on: HIV is thought to attack certain cells in the brainMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Leaves attacked by insects or disease, on the other hand, die under duress, spotted and curled.
- The lack of nutrients in the white-sand soil means that plants cannot afford to be attacked by insects, because lost leaf tissue is difficult to replace.
- Relieving stress made sense to me because in my work I had seen that plants under stress were the ones most likely to be attacked by diseases and pests.
- 2Criticize or oppose fiercely and publicly: he attacked the government’s defence policyMás ejemplos en oraciones
criticize, censure, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambaste, pillory, savage, find fault with, fulminate against, abuse; berate, reprove, rebuke, reprimand, admonish, remonstrate with, reproach, take to task, haul over the coals, impugn, harangue, blame, revile, vilify, give someone a bad press• informal knock, slam, take to pieces, pull apart, crucify, bash, hammer, lay into, tear into, sail into, roast, give someone a roasting, cane, blast, bawl out, dress down, rap over the knuckles, have a go at, give someone hellBritish • informal carpet, slate, slag off, rubbish, monster, rollick, give someone a rollicking, give someone a rocket, tear someone off a strip, tear a strip off someoneAustralian/New Zealand • informal bag• dated rate• archaic slash
- The play was fiercely attacked by critics and made headline news in the tabloids.
- She is now making a television programme which attacks those who oppose fox hunting.
- He was fiercely attacked, and even some figures who privately sympathized with his views were too cowed to defend him publicly.
- 3Begin to deal with (a problem or task) in a determined and vigorous way: a plan of action to attack unemploymentMás ejemplos en oraciones
attend to, address, see to, deal with, grapple with, confront, direct one's attention to, focus on, concentrate on, apply oneself to; buckle down to, get to work on, go to work on, set to work on, set about, get started on, undertake, embark on• informal get stuck into, get cracking on, get weaving on, have a crack at, have a go at, have a shot at, have a stab at
- Is there something that you would suggest be put in place that would begin to attack that problem?
- Overnight some of the mail team began attacking the problem.
- If we truly want to effect change on an aging business practice and culture, we need to attack the problem from both within and without.
- 4 [no object] (In sport) make a forceful attempt to score a goal or point or otherwise gain an advantage against an opposing team or player: Crystal Palace attacked swiftly down the left (as adjective attacking) Leeds showed some good attacking playMás ejemplos en oraciones
- England scored in the first half, then tried to defend the advantage in the second half, but Brazil attacked well and scored twice.
- It's being played at a terrific pace by two teams intent on attacking.
- The crowds get excited when their teams attack - even when they are winning.
- 4.1 [with object] Chess Move into or be in a position to capture (an opponent’s piece or pawn): the white queen attacks the black rookMás ejemplos en oraciones
- A Queen move which attacks a guarded pawn is not usually a threat since taking the pawn next move usually results in loss of material.
- But this resulted in the immediate loss of a piece as Adams took a pawn with his bishop attacking the black queen.
- No matter how many times he attacks the pawn, White can defend.
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- 1An aggressive and violent act against a person or place: he was killed in an attack on a checkpoint three classrooms were gutted in the arson attack the north-western suburbs came under attack in the latest fightingMás ejemplos en oraciones
- They were shot as they launched an attack on the police station using guns and a bomb in the bucket of a mechanical digger.
- Last week, terrorists launched an attack on government facilities in Saudi Arabia.
- Five teenagers have been charged following an attack on a police officer which left him needing 10 stitches to his head.
- 1.1 [mass noun] Destructive action by a disease, chemical, or insect: the tissue is open to attack by fungusMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Second, look at the underlying cause related to the pest or disease attack.
- Potatoes, particularly varieties grown for seed, are treated with insecticide to control attack from aphids.
- Helps plants withstand attacks by disease and insects by enhancing naturally occurring microbial agents.
- 1.2A determined attempt to tackle a problem or task: an attack on inflationMás ejemplos en oraciones
- I am determined to use my national responsibilities to launch a concerted attack on truancy and ill discipline in schools.
- They generated a high-profile attack on muggers, which involved every interested government department.
- In this context, it is much more than a scientific venture: it is a direct attack on poverty and the disparities between rich and poor.
- 1.3 [mass noun] Forceful and decisive style in performing music or another art: the sheer attack of Hendrix’s playingMás ejemplos en oraciones
- I think the energy of it, not having an intermission on stage, and just the harsh sonic attack of the music, was great.
- There's a sharpness and attack to her performances, which ensures a sense of drive.
- 2An instance of fierce public criticism or opposition: he launched a stinging attack on the Prime MinisterMás ejemplos en oraciones
criticism, censure, rebuke, admonition, admonishment, reprimand, reproval; condemnation, denunciation, revilement; invective, vilification; tirade, diatribe, rant, polemic, broadside, harangue, verbal onslaught, stricture• informal knocking, telling-off, dressing-down, rap over the knuckles, earful, roasting, rollicking, caningBritish • vulgar slang bollocking• dated rating• rare philippic
- His sporadic cinematic output has been combined with fierce public attacks on the general media situation.
- The Opposition Leader intensified his attack on the Prime Minister, insisting he had lied to the public.
- In a fierce attack on both Labour and the Tories, he urged all parties to reach a consensus on how the NHS should be managed.
- 3A sudden short bout of an illness or stress: an attack of nausea an asthma attackMás ejemplos en oraciones
- There was a past history of migraine attacks and bouts of coughing.
- The illness results in recurrent attacks of chills and fever and can be deadly.
- Collins suffered from severe attacks of a rheumatic illness which caused him great pain, only relieved by the use of opium.
- 4(In sport) an aggressive attempt to score a goal or point or otherwise gain an advantage: a Cardiff attack broke down inside Llanelli’s 22 [mass noun]: United hardly did a thing in attackMás ejemplos en oraciones
- Smith dominated play from the start but after numerous attacks on goal failed to score.
- There was no sense of urgency from either team in the first half, with the game characterised by sporadic attacks at goals.
- Dundee grew ragged under the weight of repeated attacks on their goal.
- 4.1British The players in a team who are in the position of trying to score a goal or win points: Baxter was recalled to the attackMás ejemplos en oraciones
- It pitched the team with the finest defence against the team with the finest attack.
- Nel added that the South African team had a different attack, with different dimensions, for the last Test.
- Man of the Match went to Paula Clayton who led the attack and was a central player in an excellent team performance.
- 4.2 Chess A threat to capture an opponent’s piece or pawn: the move opens up an attack from the black bishop against White’s knightMás ejemplos en oraciones
- In the Yugoslav it is generally correct for Black to attack with pieces and not pawns, because pawn attacks tend to be too slow.
- Herbert Lockwood, who sacrificed a piece for two pawns and an attack that his opponent could not defend, gained the final point.
- White has two ways of giving up a piece for the attack in the main line, and they're both looking as deadly as ever.
early 17th century: from French attaque (noun), attaquer (verb), from Italian attacco 'an attack', attaccare 'join battle', based on an element of Germanic origin (see attach).