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an act of violence that is intended to hurt a person or damage a place
violence against somebody/something[countable]
There have been several attacks on foreigners recently.
an arson attack (=an attempt to destroy a building using fire)
victims of racial attacks
the act of using weapons against an enemy in a war:
in a war[uncountable and countable]
The attack began at dawn.
the attack on Pearl Harbor
be/come under attack
Once again we came under attack from enemy fighter planes.
Rebel forces launched (=started) an attack late Sunday night.
air/missile/nuclear etc attack
the threat of nuclear attack
a strong and direct criticism of someone or something
criticism[uncountable and countable]
The magazine recently published a vicious personal attack on the novelist.
be/come under attack (=be strongly criticized)
The company has come under fierce attack for its decision to close the factory.
go on the attack (=start to criticize someone severely)
a sudden short period of suffering from an illness, especially an illness that you have often ➔ heart attack
I had a bad attack of flu at Christmas.
He died after suffering a severe asthma attack.
a short period of time when you suddenly feel extremely frightened or worried and cannot think normally or deal with the situation
Her heart began to pound frantically, as if she were having a panic attack.
a sudden attack of nerves
actions that are intended to get rid of or stop something such as a system, a set of laws etc
attempt to stop something[uncountable and countable]
The new measures were seen by many as an attack on the Scottish way of life.
a) [uncountable and countable]
an attempt by a player or group of players to score goals or win points
b) British English [singular]
the players in a team that are responsible for trying to score goals or win points [= offense AmE; ↪ defence]
Heath will play alongside Smith in attack.
when something such as a disease, insect, or chemical damages something:
damage[uncountable and countable]
Unfortunately, the carved ceilings have suffered woodworm attack over the years.