|1.||[ verb ] attack someone physically or emotionally|
|Synonyms:||assail attack set_on|
"The mugger assaulted the woman" "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
|Related terms:||rush jump rape beset molest desecrate reassail blindside savage sic bulldog bait attacker attack|
|2.||[ noun ] (military) close fighting during the culmination of a military attack|
|Related terms:||battle storm resisting_arrest attack military|
|3.||[ noun ] (law,criminal law) a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped|
|Related terms:||attack battery mugging aggravated_assault assail|
|4.||[ noun ] (law,criminal law) an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact|
|Related terms:||crime attack mugging resisting_arrest|
|5.||[ noun ] (zoology,horse racing) thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946|
|6.||[ verb ] attack verbally, in speech or writing|
|Synonyms:||attack lash_out assail snipe round|
"The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
|Related terms:||criticize abuse vitriol whang blister rip claw rubbish barrage attacker|
|7.||[ noun ] turning your attention to a problem or a job etc.|
"his attack on the problem was misguided" "he did not make a direct assault on her affections"
|Related terms:||attention beginning|
|8.||[ adjective ] used in an attack|
"assault weapons", "attack planes"
|9.||[ verb ] (criminal law,sexuality) force (someone) to have sex against their will|
|Synonyms:||rape dishonor violate dishonour outrage ravish|
"The woman was raped on her way home at night"
|Related terms:||assail gang-rape raper outrage violator rape|
|10.||[ noun ] (law,criminal law,sexuality) the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will|
|Synonyms:||violation ravishment sexual_assault sexual_abuse rape|
|Related terms:||crime sex_crime date_rape statutory_rape rape|