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assault
American English: /əˈsɔlt/
British English: /əˈsɔːlt/
, /əˈsɒlt/

Translation of assault in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 uncountable and countable (Law) 1.1 (violence) assault and battery
    agresión con lesiones
    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.
    1.2 (molestation)
    agresión (feminine) sexual
    ataque (masculine) contra la libertad sexual
    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.
  • 2 countable 2.1 (Military) to make an assault on something
    atacar algo
    (before noun) assault craft
    barcaza (feminine) de asalto
    assault troops
    tropas (feminine plural) de asalto
    2.2 (onslaught)assault (on something) an assault on Everest
    un intento de escalar el Everest
    the firm is preparing for an assault on the market
    la empresa se dispone a conquistar el mercado
    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.
    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.

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (use violence against) 1.2 (sexually)
    agredir sexualmente
    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.

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