- 1. attack, onslaught, onset, onrush, operation, military operation
- usage: (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
- 2. attack, turn, play
- usage: an offensive move in a sport or game; "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"
- 3. fire, attack, flak, flack, blast, criticism, unfavorable judgment
- usage: intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"
- 4. approach, attack, plan of attack, conceptualization, conceptualisation, formulation
- usage: 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"
- 5. attack, attempt, crime, offense, criminal offense, criminal offence, offence, law-breaking
- usage: the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
- 6. attack, tone-beginning, beginning, start, commencement
- usage: a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
- 7. attack, affliction
- usage: a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea"
- 8. attack, degeneration, devolution
- usage: 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"
- 9. attack, criticism, unfavorable judgment
- usage: strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work"
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- 1. attack, assail, contend, fight, struggle
- usage: 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"
- 2. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault, knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart
- usage: attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
- 3. attack, aggress, act, move
- usage: take the initiative and go on the offensive; "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"
- 4. assail, assault, set on, attack
- usage: attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
- 5. attack, get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence
- usage: set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; "I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"
- 6. attack, affect
- usage: begin to injure; "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"
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