[transitive]if something such as a disease, insect, or chemical attacks something, it damages it:
a cruel disease that attacks the brain and nervous system
[transitive]to begin to do something in a determined and eager way:
She immediately set about attacking the problem.
Martin attacked his meal (=started eating)with vigour.
[intransitive and transitive]DSto move forward and try to scoregoals or win points [↪ defend]:
Brazil began to attack more in the second half of the match.
WORD FOCUS: criticize WORD FOCUS: criticize to criticize someone or something very strongly:attack, lay into, tear somebody/something to shreds, pillory, pan to criticize someone unfairly:put somebody down, slag somebody offBrE informal, talk about somebody behind their back, bitch aboutinformal to criticize small details:pick holes ➔ See alsocriticize
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.