- 1Make a physical attack on: he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer she was sexually assaulted as a childMore example sentences
- He later pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and was sentenced to one day in jail.
- He pleaded guilty to assaulting the sergeant on June 24.
- A teaching assistant has been cleared of assaulting a teenager who bombarded his house with snowballs.
- 1.1Attack or bombard (someone or the senses) with something undesirable or unpleasant: her right ear was assaulted with a tide of musicMore example sentences
- The thunder of footsteps assaulted her ears as she wrenched open the door, eyes flashing with ire.
- The wind picked up suddenly and the familiar beat of a helicopter assaulted her ears.
- Before I got very far, however, an unpleasant sight assaulted me.
- 1.2Carry out a military attack or raid on (an enemy position): they left their strong position to assault the hillMore example sentences
- Subsequent reports indicated he probably died from friendly fire, although still while trying to heroically assault an enemy position.
- You have to assault an enemy position but also prevent bombs from going off or files from being destroyed.
- When the enemy attacked on 3 September, they assaulted his position with grenades.
- 1.3Rape.More example sentences
- In contrast, when women are raped or assaulted in prison, it is usually by correctional employees.
- He would be subject to rape and assault by the other inmates and as much as the staff may try to do the right thing, the facts are, they are understaffed and undertrained.
- This kind of conduct cannot be tolerated, and anything less than a general court martial for a soldier who rapes / assaults his fellow soldier is seting the wrong example.
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- 1A physical attack: his imprisonment for an assault on the film director sexual assaultsMore example sentences
- Less than three weeks later he was reported for a physical assault on a young boy.
- Physical assault on women by intimate partners is recognized widely as a leading cause of injury to women in the United States.
- Other recent violent attacks include an assault on a couple who asked two boys to switch off their mobile phones during a film.
- 1.1 Law An act, criminal or tortious, that threatens physical harm to a person, whether or not actual harm is done: he appeared in court charged with assaultMore example sentences
- In that case the appellant had been convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm by harassing his female victim.
- The father was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but was acquitted.
- He has previous convictions for theft, robbery and assault causing actual bodily harm.
- 1.2A military attack or raid on an enemy position: troops began an assault on the city [as modifier]: an assault boatMore example sentences
- On another occasion during his 11-month tour he led three assaults on an enemy position until it finally fell.
- He might have escaped when the boats first started the assault on the house.
- A military assault on the country cannot be ruled out - at least in the long term.
- 1.3A strong verbal attack: the assault on the party’s tax policiesMore example sentences
- Chris then waited four seconds before resuming his verbal assault on Patrick's frayed nerves.
- Reid nodded before continuing his verbal assault on the clerk.
- Beginning in the fall of 2002, university administrators began a verbal assault on students and faculty supporting divestment.
- 2A concerted attempt to do something demanding: a winter assault on Mt. EverestMore example sentences
- After breakfast, and another sitting, I bundled up and attempted the assault on Marga Point.
- These are hectic days for him and the Irish Chamber Orchestra is now primed for a serious assault on the competitive world of concert performances.
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- So I'm spending part of my time with the assaulters.
- Police are still searching for that assaulter.
- The incident was reported to police, and the girl received ‘compensation’ from her assaulters, as is common in Thailand.
Middle English: from Old French asaut (noun), assauter (verb), based on Latin ad- 'to' + saltare, frequentative of salire 'to leap'. Compare with assail.