Meaning of “ambush” in the English Dictionary

"ambush" in British English

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ambushverb [ T ]

uk /ˈæm.bʊʃ/ us /ˈæm.bʊʃ/

to suddenly attack someone after hiding and waiting for them:

Five soldiers died after their bus was ambushed on a country road.
He was ambushed by gunmen on his way to work.

ambushnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈæm.bʊʃ/ us /ˈæm.bʊʃ/

an occasion when a person or group of people are ambushed:

Several passers-by were killed in the ambush.
Fear of ambush prevents the police from going to high-risk areas.
lie/wait in ambush

to hide and wait for someone in order to attack them.

(Definition of “ambush” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ambush" in American English

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ambushnoun [ C ]

us /ˈæm·bʊʃ/

a sudden and surprising attack on a person or group by one or more people who have been hiding and waiting for them:

Seven commandos were wounded in an ambush.
ambush
verb [ T ] us /ˈæm·bʊʃ/

The Air Cavalry was ambushed and suffered big losses.

(Definition of “ambush” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)