- 1 1.1 [país/enemigo] to attack la atacó por la espalda he attacked her from behind su adversario lo atacó por sorpresa his opponent caught him off guard o/or took him by surprise 1.2 (verbalmente) [ideas/persona] to attack deja de atacarme continuamente stop attacking me o/or [familiar/colloquial] getting at me all the time
- 2 [sustancia] to attack; [virus/enfermedad] to attack el ácido ataca el mármol the acid attacks the marble ataca el sistema nervioso it attacks the nervous system me atacaron unos dolores de cabeza terribles I suffered o/or got terrible headaches me atacó el sueño I was suddenly overcome by sleep, I suddenly felt very sleepy
- 3 3.1 (combatir) [problema/enfermedad] to attack atacar las causas del problema to attack the causes of the problem este problema hay que atacarlo de raíz we need to attack the root of this problem 3.2 (acometer) [tarea] to tackle; [pieza musical] to launch into 3.3 (Venezuela) [familiar/colloquial], (cortejar) to go after Julio está atacando a Luisa Julio's after Luisa [familiar/colloquial], Julio's trying to get Luisa to go out with him
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Spain's War of Independence against Napoleon Bonaparte's French occupation was ignited by the popular revolt in Madrid on 2 May 1808 against the French army. With support from the Duke of Wellington, Spanish resistance continued for over five years in a guerra de guerrillas which gave the world the concept and the term guerrilla warfare. The autocratic Fernando VII was restored to the throne in 1814, and his first act was to abolish the progressive Constitution of Cadiz adopted in 1812.