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as·sault

 (ə-sôlt′)
n.
1.
a. A violent physical attack, as with blows.
b. A strong or cutting verbal attack.
2.
a. A military attack, such as one launched against a fortified area or place.
b. The concluding stage of an attack in which close combat occurs with the enemy.
3. Law
a. An unlawful threat or attempt to do bodily injury to another.
b. The act or an instance of unlawfully threatening or attempting to injure another.
4.
a. Sexual assault.
b. The crime of rape.
5. A rigorous or energetic effort to accomplish something difficult: an assault on the mountain's summit; an assault on poverty.
v. as·sault·ed, as·sault·ing, as·saults
v.tr.
1. To make a violent assault upon; attack. See Synonyms at attack.
2. To rape.
3. To attack verbally; criticize or denounce.
4. To harass or beset: assaulted by advertisements.
v.intr.
To make an assault.

[Middle English assaut, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *assaltus, variant of Latin assultus, from past participle of assilīre, to jump on; see assail.]

as·sault′er n.

assault

(əˈsɔːlt)
n
1. a violent attack, either physical or verbal
2. (Law) law an intentional or reckless act that causes another person to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence. Compare battery4, assault and battery
3. (Military)
a. the culmination of a military attack, in which fighting takes place at close quarters
b. (as modifier): assault troops.
4. rape or attempted rape
vb (tr)
5. to make an assault upon
6. to rape or attempt to rape
[C13: from Old French asaut, from Vulgar Latin assaltus (unattested), from assalīre (unattested) to leap upon; see assail]
asˈsaulter n
asˈsaultive adj

as•sault

(əˈsɔlt)

n.
1. a sudden violent attack; onslaught.
2. an unlawful physical attack upon another, esp. an attempt or threat to do bodily harm.
v.t.
5. to make an assault upon; attack; assail.
[1200–50; < Old French < Vulgar Latin *assaltus, for Latin assultus, derivative of assalīre to leap (toward) <as- as- + salīre to leap]
as•sault′a•ble, adj.
as•sault′er, n.
as•sault′ive, adj.
as•sault′ive•ly, adv.
as•sault′ive•ness, n.
syn: See attack.

assault

1. The climax of an attack, closing with the enemy in hand-to-hand fighting.
2. In an amphibious operation, the period of time between the arrival of the major assault forces of the amphibious task force in the objective area and the accomplishment of the amphibious task force mission.
3. To make a short, violent, but well-ordered attack against a local objective, such as a gun emplacement, a fort, or a machine gun nest.
4. A phase of an airborne operation beginning with delivery by air of the assault echelon of the force into the objective area and extending through attack of assault objectives and consolidation of the initial airhead. See also assault phase; landing attack.

assault


Past participle: assaulted
Gerund: assaulting

Imperative
assault
assault
Present
I assault
you assault
he/she/it assaults
we assault
you assault
they assault
Preterite
I assaulted
you assaulted
he/she/it assaulted
we assaulted
you assaulted
they assaulted
Present Continuous
I am assaulting
you are assaulting
he/she/it is assaulting
we are assaulting
you are assaulting
they are assaulting
Present Perfect
I have assaulted
you have assaulted
he/she/it has assaulted
we have assaulted
you have assaulted
they have assaulted
Past Continuous
I was assaulting
you were assaulting
he/she/it was assaulting
we were assaulting
you were assaulting
they were assaulting
Past Perfect
I had assaulted
you had assaulted
he/she/it had assaulted
we had assaulted
you had assaulted
they had assaulted
Future
I will assault
you will assault
he/she/it will assault
we will assault
you will assault
they will assault
Future Perfect
I will have assaulted
you will have assaulted
he/she/it will have assaulted
we will have assaulted
you will have assaulted
they will have assaulted
Future Continuous
I will be assaulting
you will be assaulting
he/she/it will be assaulting
we will be assaulting
you will be assaulting
they will be assaulting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been assaulting
you have been assaulting
he/she/it has been assaulting
we have been assaulting
you have been assaulting
they have been assaulting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been assaulting
you will have been assaulting
he/she/it will have been assaulting
we will have been assaulting
you will have been assaulting
they will have been assaulting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been assaulting
you had been assaulting
he/she/it had been assaulting
we had been assaulting
you had been assaulting
they had been assaulting
Conditional
I would assault
you would assault
he/she/it would assault
we would assault
you would assault
they would assault
Past Conditional
I would have assaulted
you would have assaulted
he/she/it would have assaulted
we would have assaulted
you would have assaulted
they would have assaulted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.assault - close fighting during the culmination of a military attackassault - close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
resisting arrest - physical efforts to oppose a lawful arrest; the resistance is classified as assault and battery upon the person of the police officer attempting to make the arrest
battle, engagement, fight, conflict - a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
storm - a direct and violent assault on a stronghold
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
2.assault - a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stoppedassault - a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
aggravated assault - a reckless attack with intent to injure seriously (as with a deadly weapon)
assault and battery, battery - an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact
attempt, attack - the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
mugging - assault with intent to rob
3.assault - thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946Assault - thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946
4.assault - the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
date rape - rape in which the rapist is known to the victim (as when they are on a date together)
sex crime, sex offense, sexual abuse, sexual assault - a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat; "most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault"
statutory rape, carnal abuse - sexual intercourse with a person (girl or boy) who has not reached the age of consent (even if both parties participate willingly)
Verb1.assault - attack someone physically or emotionallyassault - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
bait - attack with dogs or set dogs upon
sic, set - urge to attack someone; "The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders"; "the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits"
bulldog - attack viciously and ferociously
rush - attack suddenly
blindside - attack or hit on or from the side where the attacked person's view is obstructed
savage - attack brutally and fiercely
reassail - assail again; "Her old fears reassailed her"
jump - make a sudden physical attack on; "The muggers jumped the woman in the fur coat"
set upon, beset - assail or attack on all sides: "The zebra was beset by leopards"
rape, ravish, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage, violate - force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
desecrate, outrage, profane, violate - violate the sacred character of a place or language; "desecrate a cemetery"; "violate the sanctity of the church"; "profane the name of God"
molest - harass or assault sexually; make indecent advances to
2.assault - force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
assail, assault, set on, attack - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
gang-rape - rape (someone) successively with several attackers; "The prisoner was gang-raped"
3.assault - attack in speech or writingassault - attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock - find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"
blackguard, clapperclaw, abuse, shout - use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
claw - attack as if with claws; "The politician clawed his rival"
vitriol - subject to bitter verbal abuse
rip - criticize or abuse strongly and violently; "The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly"
whang - attack forcefully; "whang away at the school reform plan"
barrage, bombard - address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage; "The speaker was barraged by an angry audience"; "The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer"
scald, blister, whip - subject to harsh criticism; "The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday"; "the professor scaled the students"; "your invectives scorched the community"
rubbish - attack strongly

assault

noun
1. attack, campaign, strike, rush, storm, storming, raid, invasion, charge, offensive, onset, onslaught, foray, incursion, act of aggression, inroad The rebels are poised for a new assault.
attack defence, protection, resistance
2. battery, attack, beating, mugging, physical violence, GBH (Brit.), ABH (Brit.) At the police station, I was charged with assault.
3. abuse, attack, blame, criticism, censure, vilification, denigration, calumny, character assassination, stick (slang), sideswipe, impugnment He levelled a verbal assault against his opponents.
verb
1. strike, attack, beat, knock, punch, belt (informal), bang, batter, clip (informal), slap, bash (informal), deck (slang), sock (slang), chin (slang), smack, thump, set about, lay one on (slang), clout (informal), cuff, flog, whack, lob, beset, clobber (slang), smite (archaic), wallop (informal), swat, fall upon, set upon, lay into (informal), tonk (slang), lambast(e), belabour The gang assaulted him with iron bars.
2. attack, charge, storm, invade, fall on, strike at, swoop on, assail They would be compelled to assault the capital from the south.
attack protect, defend, resist

assault

nounverb
1. To set upon with violent force:
2. To hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows:
Informal: lambaste.
Slang: clobber.
Idiom: rain blows on.
3. To compel (another) to participate in or submit to a sexual act:
Translations
إعْتِداء جِنْسي، إغتِصابهُجوميُهاجِميُهاجِم جِنْسِياً
napadnoutpřepadeníútokznásilněníznásilnit
angrebangribebegå seksuelt overfaldseksuelt overgrebvoldtægt
megtámadás
áhlaup, áráslíkamsárás, nauîgunnauîgaráîast á
antpuolisišprievartautiišprievartavimasužpuolimas
izvarošanaizvarottrieciensuzbruktuzbrukums
napadnapasti
ırza geçmeırza tecavüzırzına geçmeksaldırısaldırmak

assault

[əˈsɔːlt]
A. N
1. (Mil, fig) → asalto m, ataque m (on a) to make or mount an assault onasaltar
2. (Jur) → agresión f
assault and battery (Jur) → lesiones fpl
see also indecent
B. VT
1. (Mil) → asaltar, atacar
2. (Jur) → asaltar, agredir; (sexually) → agredir sexualmente; (= rape) → violar
C. CPD assault course Npista f americana
assault craft Nbarcaza f de asalto
assault rifle Nfusil m de asalto, rifle m de asalto
assault troops NPLtropas fpl de asalto

assault

[əˈsɔːlt]
n
(MILITARY)assaut m
(gen) (= attack) → agression f
an assault on sb/sth → une attaque contre qn/qch
(LAW) (also assault and battery) → voies fpl de fait, coups mpl et blessures
to be charged with assault → être inculpé(e) de coups et blessures
(= verbal attack) → attaque f
(= sexual attack) (gen)agression f (LAW)attentat m à la pudeur
vt
(physically)attaquer
(sexually)violenterassault course (British) nparcours m du combattantassault weapon narme f d'assaut

assault

n
(Mil) → Sturm(angriff) m (→ on auf +acc); (fig)Angriff m(on gegen); to make an assault on somethingeinen (Sturm)angriff gegen etw führen
(Jur) → Körperverletzung f; assault and batteryKörperverletzung f; sexual assaultNotzucht f ? also indecent assault
vt
(Jur: = attack) → tätlich werden gegen; (sexually) → herfallen über (+acc); (= rape)sich vergehen an (+dat); to assault somebody with a stickjdn mit einem Stock angreifen
(Mil) → angreifen

assault

:
assault course
nÜbungsgelände nt; getting to the bathroom is like an assaultder Weg zum Badezimmer ist ein wahres Hindernisrennen
assault craft
nSturmlandefahrzeug nt
assault rifle
assault troops
plSturmtruppen pl

assault

[əˈsɔːlt]
1. n assault (on) (Mil) → assalto (a) (Law) → aggressione f (a)
assault and battery (Law) → minacce fpl e vie fpl di fatto
2. vt (Mil) → assaltare, assalire (Law) → aggredire
to assault sexually → compiere atti di libidine violenta contro

assault

(əˈsoːlt) verb
1. to attack, especially suddenly. The youths assaulted the night watchman.
2. to attack sexually; to rape.
noun
1. a (sudden) attack. a night assault on the fortress; His speech was a vicious assault on his opponent.
2. a sexual attack; a rape.

assault

n asalto, agresión f; sexual — agresión sexual
References in classic literature ?
The rifles flashed, the leaves and bark of the oak flew into the air, and were scattered by the wind, but the Indian answered their assault by a taunting laugh, sending down upon them another bullet in return, that struck the cap of Hawkeye from his head.
But soon resuming his horizontal attitude, Moby Dick swam swiftly round and round the wrecked crew; sideways churning the water in his vengeful wake, as if lashing himself up to still another and more deadly assault.
Then he stood before the sergeant's desk and gave his name and address, and saw a charge of assault and battery entered against him.
Now, if the truth must be told, our senator had the misfortune to be a man who had a particularly humane and accessible nature, and turning away anybody that was in trouble never had been his forte; and what was worse for him in this particular pinch of the argument was, that his wife knew it, and, of course was making an assault on rather an indefensible point.
However, the mob soon came to that conclusion themselves; wherefore they called off the assault and began to debate other plans.
Every Saturday she hires little Injuns to garrison her fort; then she lays siege to it, and makes military approaches by make-believe trenches in make-believe night, and finally at make-believe dawn she draws her sword and sounds the assault and takes it by storm.
The instant the word was given, the two apparitions sprang forward and began to rain blows down upon each other with such lightning rapidity that I could not quite tell whether I saw the swords or only flashes they made in the air; the rattling din of these blows as they struck steel or paddings was something wonderfully stirring, and they were struck with such terrific force that I could not understand why the opposing sword was not beaten down under the assault.
Why, Tom had him up before Judge Robinson for assault and battery.
Something to that effect was said by the intoxicated liar who committed the assault, but it was not true.
My poor dear mother, I suppose, had some momentary intention of committing an assault and battery upon my aunt, who could easily have settled her with one hand, even if my mother had been in far better training for such an encounter than she was that evening.
They said that I should bring ill-luck on the tribe by having killed so great a witch-doctor as Noma; also that the people of the headman would demand payment for the assault on him.
He, I think, will understand why I didn't promptly assault the Major- General, seize Nicolete by the waist, thrust her into her ancestral carriage, haul the coachman from his box, and, seizing the reins, drive away in triumph before astonishment had time to change into pursuit.