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noun attack pronunciation in American English /əˈtæk/
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  1. 1
    [countable] 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
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] 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. 2
    [countable/uncountable] 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. 3
    [countable] 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
    1. 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
    See also heart attack
  4. 4
    [countable] 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.

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