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verb attack pronunciation in British English /əˈtæk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyattack
he/she/itattacks
present participleattacking
past tenseattacked
past participleattacked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/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.
    1. a.
      to use weapons to try to defeat an enemy
      The enemy attacked at dawn.
      US jets attacked five air defence sites in the north.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to strongly criticize someone or something for their ideas or actions
    Opponents attacked the government’s plan to increase road tax.
    attack someone/something for (doing) something: Parliament has been attacked for failing to take action.
    attack something as something: The deputy Prime Minister last night attacked the decision as foolish.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/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. 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. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to score points against an opponent in a game or sport
    They attacked with determination and defended well.

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