at|tack1 [ ə`tæk ] noun ***
1. ) count a violent attempt to harm a person, animal, or place:
a vicious attack
attack on: measures to reduce the number of sexual attacks on young women
a ) count or uncount an organized attempt to defeat an enemy, using weapons:
a nuclear attack
attack on: Government forces renewed their attacks on a key communications tower.
launch/mount an attack: We mounted a surprise attack against their ammunition depot.
be/come under attack: The city was under attack throughout the night.
2. ) count or uncount strong criticism:
attack on: The book is widely seen as an attack on the education system.
launch/mount an attack: He was outraged by the personal attacks launched against him.
be/come under attack: Both candidates have come under attack for their health-care proposals.
3. ) count the beginning or return of an illness, or the period during which you have it:
a severe asthma attack
attack of: an attack of flu
a ) the beginning of a strong feeling or need, or the period during which you have it:
a hunger attack
an anxiety attack
attack of: an attack of spring fever
4. ) count an attempt to score points against an opponent in a game or sport:
Their attack in the final minutes wasn't enough to win the game.
at|tack 2 [ ə`tæk ] verb ***
▸ 1 use violence to harm
▸ 2 strongly criticize
▸ 3 cause damage/disease
▸ 4 begin with enthusiasm
▸ 5 try to score points
1. ) intransitive or transitive to use violence to harm a person, animal, or place:
It was shortly before midnight when the terrorists attacked.
attack someone with something: Two prison officers were brutally attacked with a knife.
a ) to use weapons to try to defeat an enemy:
The enemy attacked at dawn.
U.S. jets attacked five air-defense sites in the north.
2. ) transitive to strongly criticize someone or something for their ideas or actions:
Opponents attacked the government's plan to increase highway taxes.
attack someone/something for something: Congress is being attacked for failing to take action.
attack something as something: The mayor last night attacked the decision as foolish.
3. ) intransitive or transitive to cause damage or disease in something:
The virus attacks the body's red blood cells.
The wood had been attacked by a fungus.
4. ) transitive to begin working on something or doing something with enthusiasm and determination:
We need to attack the problem now before it gets worse.
She was just about to attack a plate of spaghetti when the phone rang.
5. ) intransitive or transitive to try to score points against an opponent in a game or sport:
They attacked with determination and defended well.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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