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  1. [noun] (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
    Synonyms: onslaught, onset, onrush

  2. [noun] a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea"

  3. [noun] intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"
    Synonyms: fire, flak, flack, blast

  4. [noun] the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
    Synonyms: attempt

  5. [noun] an offensive move in a sport or game; "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"

  6. [noun] the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent); "the film was sensitive to attack by acids"; "open to attack by the elements"

  7. [noun] ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation; "his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons"; "an attack on inflation"; "his plan of attack was misguided"
    Synonyms: approach, plan of

  8. [noun] a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
    Synonyms: tone-beginning

  9. [noun] strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"

  10. [verb] launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
    Synonyms: assail

  11. [verb] attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
    Synonyms: round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault

  12. [verb] take the initiative and go on the offensive; "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"
    Synonyms: aggress

  13. [verb] attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
    Synonyms: assail, assault, set on

  14. [verb] set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; "I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"

  15. [verb] begin to injure; "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"


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