Definición de offensive en inglés:


Silabificación: of·fen·sive


  • 2 /ˈäfensiv/ [attributive] Actively aggressive; attacking: offensive operations against the insurgents
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    • The captain said the unit supported airlift operations and offensive air support operations.
    • It will be the hub of all logistics support for combat forces conducting offensive operations in littoral regions.
    • They are most proud of the fact that they could quickly shift gears from force protection operations to direct offensive combat without missing a beat.
    hostile, attacking, aggressive, invading, incursive, combative, belligerent, on the attack
  • 2.1(Of a weapon) meant for use in attack.
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    • They do not want other countries in Asia to get any kind of offensive missiles and nuclear weapons.
    • They found 13 firearms and 266 offensive weapons.
    • Since the galley represented by the model in Plates V and VI, was built in 1736, her dominant offensive weapon was a cannon at her bow.
  • 2.2chiefly North American (In a game) of or relating to the team or player who is seeking to score.
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    • The timeout is given at the first deadball when the team requesting it has offensive possession or on a foul.
    • The Mavericks probably are the most potent offensive team in the game but are criticized for their defense.
    • The offensive team passes the ball from man to man while the defense adjusts and follows the ball.


Pronunciación: /əˈfensiv
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  • 1An attacking military campaign: an impending military offensive against the guerrillas
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    • This year under considerable pressure from the army, the president gave the go-ahead for a military offensive against separatist guerillas in Aceh.
    • Planning offensives, like military campaigns or space probes, are given virile, go-get-'em titles.
    • Rebels in the country's oil-rich Niger delta have threatened to attack oil facilities unless the military halts an offensive.
    attack, assault, onslaught, drive, invasion, push, thrust, charge, sortie, sally, foray, raid, incursion, offense, blitz, campaign
  • 1.1An organized and forceful campaign to achieve something, typically a political or social end: the need to launch an offensive against crime
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    • In a short period Reebok India has become the market leader; it has even found it necessary to launch an offensive against counterfeiting of its products.
    • A social offensive is being waged in every country against the working class, aimed at clawing back the concessions that were made to avert the socialist threat in an earlier period.
    • First, governments began an offensive against the social welfare conditions they had been obliged to grant to the working class in an earlier period.


be on the offensive

Act or be ready to act aggressively.
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  • Well, the potential for a different kind of scam has proponents of electronic voting on the offensive.
  • The idea that fundamentalism is on the offensive and threatening to dominate public life is widely held on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • I think the president has also been on the offensive, which I think has certainly helped him.

go on (or take) the offensive

Take the initiative by beginning to attack or act aggressively: security forces took the offensive ten days ago
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  • Earlier he attempted to take the offensive, attacking the media coverage of the whole affair.
  • Security forces have also gone on the offensive.
  • A decisive call on working people to go on the offensive against the social attacks by the government would certainly get a response.
launch an attack, begin to attack, attack first, strike the first blow



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  • This, by the way, is even before the film spirals from the stupid to the offensively stupid.
  • At the same time, laws relating to legal drugs might become offensively paternalistic if they were taken to an extreme.
  • While their posts were quicker, they were not playmakers and simply could not carry the load offensively.


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  • The next day, one of these emailers responded that he thought my reply was disproportionate to the offensiveness of his email; I agreed and apologized for having reacted inappropriately.
  • They shouldn't consider the author's past offensiveness, or the reprehensibleness of the ideas he expresses outside the paper.
  • Whether intentional or not, the racial offensiveness and insensitivity of Summers' remarks and actions must be acknowledged, criticized, and vigorously resisted.


mid 16th century: from French offensif, -ive or medieval Latin offensivus, from Latin offens- 'struck against', from the verb offendere (see offend).

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