attack*/*/*/

[əˈtæk] verb I
1) [I/T] to use violence against a person or place
It was shortly before midnight when the terrorists attacked.[/ex]
Two prison officers were brutally attacked with a knife.[/ex]
2) [T] to strongly criticize someone or something
Parliament has been attacked for failing to take action.[/ex]
3) [I/T] to cause damage or disease in something
The virus attacks the body's red blood cells.[/ex]
4) [I/T] to try to score points in a game
They attack well, but their defence is weak.[/ex]
Words often used with attack Adverbs often used with attack (verb, sense 2) ■ ATTACK + bitterly, fiercely, openly, strongly, vigorously used for saying that someone expresses strong criticism II
noun
attack */*/*/[əˈtæk]
1) [C/U] a violent attempt to harm someone or something
a vicious attack on an unarmed man[/ex]
The city was under attack throughout the night.[/ex]
2) [C] strong criticism
McCann launched an attack on his own players.[/ex]
3) [C] an occasion when you are affected by an illness, or when you have a particular strong feeling
an asthma attack[/ex]
an attack of nerves[/ex]
See:
heart attack
4) [C] an attempt to score points in a game
Words often used with attack Adjectives often used with attack (noun, sense 2) ■ bitter, fierce, scathing, stinging + ATTACK: used about attacks that show strong criticism Verbs often used with attack (noun, sense 2) ■ launch, mount + ATTACK: make an attack

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