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Shortly after this, I placed my command on our extreme left, to watch and fight the enemy should he make another attack, and went to Cemetary Hill for observation.
John Buford

Meaning of "attack" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD ATTACK

From French attaquer, from Old Italian attaccare to attack, attach, from estaccare to attach, from staccastake1; compare attach.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF ATTACK

attack  [əˈtæk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ATTACK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Attack is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb attack in English.

WHAT DOES ATTACK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Attack

Attack may refer to: ▪ Offensive ▪ Charge ▪ Attack ▪ Strike ▪ The Attack, 1960s ▪ Attack Records, label ▪ Attack! Books, publisher ▪ Attack ▪ Attack, the prefix or initial phase of a sound ▪ Attacca, the immediate joining of a musical movement to a previous one ▪ Political Party Attack, a political party in Bulgaria...

Definition of attack in the English dictionary

The first definition of attack in the dictionary is to launch a physical assault with or without weapons; begin hostilities. Other definition of attack is to take the initiative in a game, sport, etc. Attack is also to direct hostile words or writings at; criticize or abuse vehemently.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO ATTACK

PRESENT

Present
I attack
you attack
he/she/it attacks
we attack
you attack
they attack
Present continuous
I am attacking
you are attacking
he/she/it is attacking
we are attacking
you are attacking
they are attacking
Present perfect
I have attacked
you have attacked
he/she/it has attacked
we have attacked
you have attacked
they have attacked
Present perfect continuous
I have been attacking
you have been attacking
he/she/it has been attacking
we have been attacking
you have been attacking
they have been attacking
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I attacked
you attacked
he/she/it attacked
we attacked
you attacked
they attacked
Past continuous
I was attacking
you were attacking
he/she/it was attacking
we were attacking
you were attacking
they were attacking
Past perfect
I had attacked
you had attacked
he/she/it had attacked
we had attacked
you had attacked
they had attacked
Past perfect continuous
I had been attacking
you had been attacking
he/she/it had been attacking
we had been attacking
you had been attacking
they had been attacking
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will attack
you will attack
he/she/it will attack
we will attack
you will attack
they will attack
Future continuous
I will be attacking
you will be attacking
he/she/it will be attacking
we will be attacking
you will be attacking
they will be attacking
Future perfect
I will have attacked
you will have attacked
he/she/it will have attacked
we will have attacked
you will have attacked
they will have attacked
Future perfect continuous
I will have been attacking
you will have been attacking
he/she/it will have been attacking
we will have been attacking
you will have been attacking
they will have been attacking
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would attack
you would attack
he/she/it would attack
we would attack
you would attack
they would attack
Conditional continuous
I would be attacking
you would be attacking
he/she/it would be attacking
we would be attacking
you would be attacking
they would be attacking
Conditional perfect
I would have attack
you would have attack
he/she/it would have attack
we would have attack
you would have attack
they would have attack
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been attacking
you would have been attacking
he/she/it would have been attacking
we would have been attacking
you would have been attacking
they would have been attacking
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you attack
we let´s attack
you attack
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to attack
Past participle
attacked
Present Participle
attacking
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ATTACK


Blu-tack
ˈbluːtæk
counterattack
ˈkaʊntərəˌtæk
Cuttack
kʌˈtæk
hackmatack
ˈhækməˌtæk
hardtack
ˈhɑːdˌtæk
haystack
ˈheɪˌstæk
nunatak
ˈnʌnəˌtæk
postattack
ˌpəʊstəˈtæk
reattack
ˌriːəˈtæk
restack
ˌriːˈstæk
retack
ˌriːˈtæk
smokestack
ˈsməʊkˌstæk
stack
stæk
tach
tæk
tack
tæk
thumbtack
ˈθʌmˌtæk
ticktack
ˈtɪkˌtæk
tie-tack
ˈtaɪˌtæk
unstack
ʌnˈstæk
untack
ʌnˈtæk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ATTACK

attaboy
attach
attachable
attache
attached
attacher
attachment
attachment of earnings
attack ad
attack dog
attackable
attacker
attacking
attackman
attagirl
attain
attainability
attainable
attainableness
attainder

WORDS THAT END LIKE ATTACK

airborne attack
angle of attack
anxiety attack
arson attack
banzai attack
bilious attack
chimney stack
dictionary attack
ground attack
hard tack
heart attack
impingement attack
line of attack
on the wrong tack
panic attack
rocket attack
suicide attack
the attack
tie tack
torpedo attack

Synonyms and antonyms of attack in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «ATTACK»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «attack» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of attack

Translation of «attack» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ATTACK

Find out the translation of attack to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of attack from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «attack» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

攻击
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ataque
570 millions of speakers

English

attack
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

हमले
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

هُجُوم
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

атака
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

ataque
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আয়ের সংযুক্তি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

attaque
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Lampiran pendapatan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Angriff
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

攻撃
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

공격
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Lampiran pangentukan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cuộc tấn công
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வருவாய் இணைத்தல்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मिळकत जोड
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Kazançların eklenmesi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

attacco
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

napad
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

напад
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

atac
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

επίθεση
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

aanval
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

angrepp
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

angrep
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of attack

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ATTACK»

The term «attack» is very widely used and occupies the 3.504 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ATTACK» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «attack» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «attack» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about attack

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «ATTACK»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word attack.
1
Jack Adams
Our task force put to sea in early January 1942, to attack the Japanese in the Marshall and Gilbert islands, but the mission was called off on the eve of the attack.
2
Timothy Garton Ash
I have also been saddened, though hardly surprised, by the weakness of the EU's reaction to the criminal attack on the Danish embassy in Syria, which seems to have been permitted, if not actively encouraged, by the Syrian regime.
3
Abu Bakar Bashir
But the West is trying to weaken Islam from outside and inside. They attack our people and invade our countries from outside, and they weaken us from within with ideas like secularism, liberalism and democracy. This is all designed to contaminate our pure Islam.
4
Jill Bennett
When I am at a straight club, which is like once a year, if a man even looks in my direction, I verbally attack him.
5
Earl Blumenauer
Marriages are under strain today in terms of economics. There are social cross-currents. We see failed marriages. But it is not under attack by our gay and lesbian citizens.
6
Sidney Blumenthal
The attack on Clinton on terrorism is entirely politically inspired by the right-wing of the Republicans, and has no basis in fact whatsoever.
7
Wes Borland
I've never really been schooled in music theory. I'm a guitar player, and I attack the guitar in a certain way that it not fully unique to me, but it's more unique that some other people.
8
James Buchan
Since the attack on the United States on September 11 2001, and the US retaliation in Afghanistan and Iraq, there must be few people who have not felt a twinge of nostalgia for the cold war.
9
John Buford
Shortly after this, I placed my command on our extreme left, to watch and fight the enemy should he make another attack, and went to Cemetary Hill for observation.
10
Jasper Carrott
My driving habits are so ingrained that the driving examiner would fail me in the first mile. That's provided he hadn't died of a heart attack by then.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ATTACK»

Discover the use of attack in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to attack and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Plan of Attack
Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq.
Bob Woodward, 2004
2
The Attack
From the graphic, shocking description of the bombing that opens the novel to its searing conclusion, The Attack portrays the reality of terrorism and its costs.
Yasmina Khadra, 2012
3
Shark Attack!
Brendan's friend Alex convinces him to go surfing despite horror stories about sharks in the water, but when they lose their way in the surf, he discovers the stories are very real.
Jake Maddox, 2009
4
Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
This is an enthralling and unique work of nonfiction that is timely and vital and as wonderfully executed as Murakami’s brilliant novels.
Haruki Murakami, 2010
5
The Attack of the Blob: Hannah Arendt's Concept of the Social
This book is thus a battle of wits. . . . [A] vivid sketch of the conflict between two basic outlooks."—Library Journal "[O]ne leaves this book feeling enriched and challenged.
Hanna Fenichel Pitkin, 1998
6
Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern ...
Examines military strategy and the reasons for the large numbers of Confederate casualties This book is a veritable kaleidoscope, showing pictures ranging from the seemingly hyperbolic to those that are clearly representative of the finest ...
Grady McWhiney, Perry D. Jamieson, 1984
7
Arctic Attack
"While researching the Arctic for a school project, Robin discovers that something is heating the glaciers--and it's not just global warming.
Robert Greenberger, 2009
8
Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
With the help of his faithful stuffed tiger companion and his alter-egos--Spaceman Spiff, Stupendous Man, and Tracer Bullet-- Calvin continues to navigate the tricky waters of youth in the latest collection by comic strip genius Bill ...
Bill Watterson, 1992
9
Abortion Under Attack: Women on the Challenges Facing Choice
Addresses a spectrum of personal and social influences affecting legalized abortion today, sharing a diverse range of pro-choice writings about such topics as the moral ambiguities of pro-life supporters, the inherent dangers of restricting ...
Krista Jacob, 2006
10
Avoiding Attack: The Evolutionary Ecology of Crypsis, ...
This book discusses the evolution of the mechanisms by which prey avoid attack by their potential predators and questions how such defences are maintained through natural selection.
Graeme D. Ruxton, Tom N. Sherratt, Michael Patrick Speed, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ATTACK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term attack is used in the context of the following news items.
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8th shark attack reported at North Carolina coast
According to reports a Marine was injured over the weekend in the eighth shark attack along the North Carolina coast so far this season. «WTVD-TV, Jul 15»
2
Navy diver who lost two limbs in shark attack goes on quest for 'Joan …
NEW YORK – Paul de Gelder lost two limbs in a 2009 shark attack when he was an Australian Navy clearance diver. Unbowed, he continues to ... «Fox News, Jul 15»
3
Kuwait detains 26 over Islamic State suicide attack on mosque …
The June 26 attack by Islamic State militants jolted Kuwait, raising the spectre of sectarian strife in the Gulf Arab oil exporting state. The attack ... «Times of India, Jul 15»
4
Chris Christie: If US Hit By Terror Attack, Haul Rand Paul Before …
“He should be in hearings in front of Congress if there's another attack, not the director of the FBI or the director of the CIA,” said Mr. Christie, ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
5
Suspect in San Francisco pier attack admits in jailhouse interview he …
The man arrested following a seemingly random shooting at a San Francisco pier that took the life of a young woman admitted in a jailhouse ... «Fox News, Jul 15»
6
Analysis: Egypt, Hamas, ISIS and Israel after the latest rocket attack
That attack was carried for Hamas that wanted to open another front ... after Wednesday's attack in which the army suffered heavy losses. «Jerusalem Post Israel News, Jul 15»
7
Man suffers serious facial injuries in vicious Northern Quarter attack
The victim, 25, suffered two fractured eye sockets in the brutal attack outside Black Dog Ballroom on Church Street in the early hours of the ... «Manchester Evening News, Jul 15»
8
Warning on waterhole swimming for tourists after crocodile attack in …
Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation CEO Peter McCumstie said the attack came as a surprise. "[We were] quite distressed, as one would ... «ABC Online, Jul 15»
9
Murderer Terrence Leary pleads guilty to attack on Sydney woman …
According to documents tendered to the NSW District Court on Monday relating to the 2013 attack, Leary had earlier finished a shift as a ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 15»
10
Man jailed for violent sex attack on intellectually disabled woman
The attack left her with bruising and abrasions to her shoulder, chest, knees, ankle, her back right arm, buttock and carpet burns on her back. «Irish Times, Jul 15»

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