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      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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  ( 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   (=attack)  
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.  
ADJ n  
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.   (=attack)  
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.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use obstacle course     
indecent assault     
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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See also:

assail, assailant, assay, ass

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