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am·bush

 (ăm′bo͝osh)
n.
1. A sudden attack made from a concealed position.
2.
a. Those hiding in order to attack by surprise: The captain stationed an ambush near the harbor.
b. The hiding place used for such an attack: "Uncle Harm had hunted the way Trapper did—on foot, stalking and laying traps, shooting from ambush" (Rick Bass).
tr.v. am·bushed, am·bush·ing, am·bush·es
To attack from a concealed position.

[Middle English embushen, to place in concealment among bushes, lay in wait, from Old French embuschier, from Frankish *boscu, bush, woods.]

am′bush′er n.
Synonyms: ambush, bushwhack, waylay
These verbs mean to attack suddenly and without warning from a concealed place: guerrillas ambushing a platoon; a patrol bushwhacked by poachers; a truck waylaid by robbers.

ambush

(ˈæmbʊʃ)
n
1. (Military) the act of waiting in a concealed position in order to launch a surprise attack
2. (Military) a surprise attack from such a position
3. (Military) the concealed position from which such an attack is launched
4. (Military) the person or persons waiting to launch such an attack
vb
5. to lie in wait (for)
6. (tr) to attack suddenly from a concealed position
[C14: from Old French embuschier to position in ambush, from em- im- + -buschier, from busche piece of firewood, probably of Germanic origin; see bush1]
ˈambusher n

am•bush

(ˈæm bʊʃ)

n.
1. an act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise: The highwaymen waited in ambush near the road.
2. an act or instance of attacking unexpectedly from a concealed position.
3. the concealed position itself: They fired from ambush.
4. those who attack suddenly and unexpectedly from a concealed position.
v.t.
5. to attack from ambush.
v.i.
6. to lie in ambush.
[1250–1300; Middle English enbuss(h)en < Middle French embuschier literally, to set in the woods « Vulgar Latin *busca wood, forest]
am′bush•er, n.

Ambush

 a group of troops of persons concealed or lying in wait for their prey.
Examples: ambush of amber coloured darts [referring to a lady’s hair], 1592; of envy, 1751; of error, 1852; of tigers; of widows—Lipton, 1970.

ambush


Past participle: ambushed
Gerund: ambushing

Imperative
ambush
ambush
Present
I ambush
you ambush
he/she/it ambushes
we ambush
you ambush
they ambush
Preterite
I ambushed
you ambushed
he/she/it ambushed
we ambushed
you ambushed
they ambushed
Present Continuous
I am ambushing
you are ambushing
he/she/it is ambushing
we are ambushing
you are ambushing
they are ambushing
Present Perfect
I have ambushed
you have ambushed
he/she/it has ambushed
we have ambushed
you have ambushed
they have ambushed
Past Continuous
I was ambushing
you were ambushing
he/she/it was ambushing
we were ambushing
you were ambushing
they were ambushing
Past Perfect
I had ambushed
you had ambushed
he/she/it had ambushed
we had ambushed
you had ambushed
they had ambushed
Future
I will ambush
you will ambush
he/she/it will ambush
we will ambush
you will ambush
they will ambush
Future Perfect
I will have ambushed
you will have ambushed
he/she/it will have ambushed
we will have ambushed
you will have ambushed
they will have ambushed
Future Continuous
I will be ambushing
you will be ambushing
he/she/it will be ambushing
we will be ambushing
you will be ambushing
they will be ambushing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ambushing
you have been ambushing
he/she/it has been ambushing
we have been ambushing
you have been ambushing
they have been ambushing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ambushing
you will have been ambushing
he/she/it will have been ambushing
we will have been ambushing
you will have been ambushing
they will have been ambushing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ambushing
you had been ambushing
he/she/it had been ambushing
we had been ambushing
you had been ambushing
they had been ambushing
Conditional
I would ambush
you would ambush
he/she/it would ambush
we would ambush
you would ambush
they would ambush
Past Conditional
I would have ambushed
you would have ambushed
he/she/it would have ambushed
we would have ambushed
you would have ambushed
they would have ambushed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ambush - the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surpriseambush - the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
coup de main, surprise attack - an attack without warning
dry-gulching - the act of killing from ambush
Verb1.ambush - wait in hiding to attackambush - wait in hiding to attack    
wait - stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"
2.ambush - hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushingambush - hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing
hunt, hunt down, track down, run - pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals); "Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"; "The dogs are running deer"; "The Duke hunted in these woods"

ambush

verb
1. trap, attack, surprise, deceive, dupe, ensnare, waylay, ambuscade, bushwhack (U.S.) Rebels ambushed and killed 10 patrolmen.
noun
1. trap, snare, attack, lure, waylaying, ambuscade A policeman has been shot dead in an ambush.

ambush

noun
An attack or stratagem for capturing or tricking an unsuspecting person:
verb
To attack suddenly and without warning:
Translations
كَمِينهُجُوم بِالكَمِينالكَامِنُون
útok ze zálohyzálohačíhatnapadnout ze zálohyútočníci ze zálohy
angrebangribebagholdbagholdsangrebligge i baghold
väijytysväijyä
zasjeda
csapdalesbõl támadlesbõl támadó csapatleshelytámadás lesbõl
fyrirsátgera fyrirsátumsátursmenn
待ち伏せ
매복
pasalaužpulti iš pasalų
slēpnisuzbrukt no slēpņa
jednotka v zálohenapadnúť zo zálohyútok zo zálohy
pripraviti zasedozaseda
bakhåll
การซุ่มโจมตี
pusupusu kurmakpusudan saldırantuzak
cuộc phục kích

ambush

[ˈæmbʊʃ]
A. Nemboscada f
to set or lay an ambush fortender una emboscada a
to lie in ambushestar emboscado (for para coger)
B. VTcazar por sorpresa, agarrar por sorpresa (LAm)
to be ambushedcaer en una emboscada, ser cazado por sorpresa

ambush

[ˈæmbʊʃ]
n
(= attack) → embuscade f
to wait in ambush, to lie in ambush [soldiers, police, gunmen] → se tenir en embuscade
to wait in ambush for sb, to lie in ambush for sb [soldiers, police, gunmen] → tendre une embuscade à qn
(fig) to wait in ambush [journalists, press, reporters] to lie in ambush → se tenir en embuscade
to wait in ambush for sb, to lie in ambush for sb [journalists, press, reporters] → tendre une embuscade à qn
vt
[soldiers, police, gunmen] → tendre une embuscade à
[journalists, press, reporters] → tendre une embuscade à

ambush

n (= place)Hinterhalt m; (= troops etc)im Hinterhalt liegende Truppe/Guerillas etc; (= attack)Überfall m(aus dem Hinterhalt); to lay an ambush (for somebody)(jdm) einen Hinterhalt legen; to lie or wait in ambush (Mil, fig) → im Hinterhalt liegen; to lie in ambush for somebody (Mil, fig) → jdm im Hinterhalt auflauern; to fall into an ambushin einen Hinterhalt geraten
vt(aus dem Hinterhalt) überfallen

ambush

[ˈæmbʊʃ]
1. n (attack) → imboscata, agguato; (place) → agguato
to lie in ambush → stare in agguato
to lie in ambush for sb → tendere un'imboscata a qn
2. vttendere un'imboscata a qn

ambush

(ˈӕmbuʃ) verb
to wait in hiding for and make a surprise attack on. They planned to ambush the enemy as they marched towards the capital.
noun
1. an attack made in this way.
2. the group of people making the attack.

ambush

كَمِيـن útok ze zálohy baghold Hinterhalt ενέδρα emboscada väijytys embuscade zasjeda imboscata 待ち伏せ 매복 hinderlaag bakhold zasadzka emboscada засада bakhåll การซุ่มโจมตี tuzak cuộc phục kích 埋伏
References in classic literature ?
He met us hard by, in our outward march to ambush his advance, and scattered us, like driven deer, through the defile, to the shores of Horican.
And they kept it up while she was gaining her ambush and getting her glimpse over the declivity; and also while I was creeping to her side on my knees.
By and by they separated into three hostile tribes, and darted upon each other from ambush with dread- ful war-whoops, and killed and scalped each other by thousands.
They will come to her boudoir, no doubt,' thought I: 'let me prepare an ambush.
Jugs of water, and watering-pots, were kept in secret places ready to be discharged on the offending boys; sticks were laid in ambush behind the door; sallies were made at all hours; and incessant war prevailed.
Whether myrmidons of Justice, specially sent down from London, would be lying in ambush behind the gate?
I would mend the tire, having attended ambulance classes, do it very quietly so that she wouldn't hear, like the fairy cobblers who used to mend people's boots while they slept, and then wait in ambush to watch the effect upon her when she awoke.
Nor will occasion want, nor shall we need With dangerous expedition to invade Heav'n, whose high walls fear no assault or Siege, Or ambush from the Deep.
Law, morality, religion, are to him so many bourgeois prejudices, behind which lurk in ambush just as many bourgeois interests.
Antelope and zebra fell to the boy's spear, or were dragged down by the two powerful beasts of prey who leaped upon them from some overhanging limb or from the ambush of the undergrowth beside the trail to the water hole or the ford.
The fact is, the Time Traveller was one of those men who are too clever to be believed: you never felt that you saw all round him; you always suspected some subtle reserve, some ingenuity in ambush, behind his lucid frankness.
I was not long in coming to myself; everything came back to my mind at once, without an effort, as though it had been in ambush to pounce upon me again.