n aggression, attack, campaign, charge, incursion, inroad, invasion, offensive, onset, onslaught, storm, storming, strike
vb assail, attack, belabour, beset, charge, fall upon, invade, lay into (informal) set about, set upon, storm, strike at
, n defence, protection, resistance
vb defend, protect, resist
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assault ( assaults plural & 3rd person present) ( assaulting present participle) ( assaulted past tense & past participle )
1 n-count An assault by an army is a strong attack made on an area held by the enemy.
oft N on/upon/against n
The rebels are poised for a new assault on the government garrisons...
2 adj Assault weapons such as rifles are intended for soldiers to use in battle rather than for purposes such as hunting.
3 n-var An assaulton a person is a physical attack on them.
oft N on/upon n
The attack is one of a series of savage sexual assaults on women in the university area..., At the police station, I was charged with assault.
4 verb To assault someone means to physically attack them.
The gang assaulted him with iron bars... V n
She may have been sexually assaulted by her killer. V n
5 n-count An assaulton someone's beliefs is a strong criticism of them. oft N on/upon/against n He leveled a verbal assault against his Democratic opponents.
assault and battery
Assault and battery is the crime of attacking someone and causing them physical harm. (LEGAL) n-uncount
assault course ( assault courses plural ) An assault course is an area of land covered with obstacles such as walls which people, especially soldiers, use to improve their skills and strength.
in AM, use obstacle course
Indecent assault is the crime of attacking someone in a way which involves touching or threatening them sexually, but not forcing them to have sexual intercourse. n-uncount
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