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attack
  • n  (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
    the attack began at dawn
  • n  an offensive move in a sport or game
    they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning
  • n  intense adverse criticism
    the government has come under attack
  • n  ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
    an attack on inflation
    his plan of attack was misguided
  • n  the act of attacking
    attacks on women increased last year
  • n  a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
  • n  a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
    an attack of diarrhea
  • n  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
  • n  strong criticism
    he published an unexpected attack on my work
  • v  launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
    Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II
  • v  attack in speech or writing
    The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker
  • v  take the initiative and go on the offensive
    The Serbs attacked the village at night
    The visiting team started to attack
  • v  attack someone physically or emotionally
  • v  set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
    I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed
  • v  begin to injure
    The cancer cells are attacking his liver
    Rust is attacking the metal
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attack aircraft
  • n  a high-speed military or naval airplane designed to destroy enemy aircraft in the air
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attack aircraft carrier
  • n  a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for takeoffs and landings
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attack submarine
  • n  a military submarine designed and armed to attack enemy shipping
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attainment
  • n  the act of achieving an aim
    the attainment of independence
  • n  arrival at a new stage
    his attainment of puberty was delayed by malnutrition
  • n  an ability that has been acquired by training
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attalea
  • n  unarmed feather palms of central and northern South America
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attalea funifera
  • n  Brazilian palm yielding fibers used in making ropes, mats, and brushes
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attar of roses
  • n  a volatile fragrant oil obtained from fresh roses by steam distillation
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attempt
  • n  earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
  • n  the act of attacking
    they made an attempt on his life
  • v  make an effort or attempt
    The police attempted to stop the thief
  • v  enter upon an activity or enterprise
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attendance
  • n  the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.)
  • n  the frequency with which a person is present
    a student's attendance is an important factor in her grade
  • n  the number of people that are present
    attendance was up by 50 per cent
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attendee
  • n  a person who is present and participates in a meeting
    the gathering satisfied both organizers and attendees
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attender
  • n  someone who listens attentively
  • n  someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
  • n  a person who is present and participates in a meeting
    he was a regular attender at department meetings
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