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assault

2 verb
     
assault2 [transitive]
1 to attack someone in a violent way:
Two men assaulted him after he left the bar.
sexually/indecently assault
He was found guilty of indecently assaulting a student.
2 literary if a feeling, sound, smell etc assaults you, it affects you in a way that makes you uncomfortable or upset:
The noises and smells of the market assaulted her senses.
3 to strongly criticize someone's ideas, plans etc
4 to try to do something very difficult:
a task force to assault the problems

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