assail Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “assail” in the English Dictionary

"assail" in British English

See all translations

assailverb

uk   us   /əˈseɪl/ formal
[T] to ​attack someone ​violently or ​criticize someone ​strongly: The ​victim had been assailed withrepeatedblows to the ​head and ​body. He was assailed withinsults and ​abuse as he ​left the ​court. [T often passive] to ​cause someone to ​experience a lot of ​unpleasant things: to be assailed bydoubts/​fears/​problems
(Definition of assail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"assail" in American English

See all translations

assailverb [T]

 us   /əˈseɪl/
to ​criticize something or someone ​strongly, or to ​cause someone to ​experienceunpleasantthoughts or ​feelings: Many ​parents assailed the ​proposal to ​lengthen the ​schoolday. After the ​decision to ​quit his ​job, he was assailed by ​doubts.
(Definition of assail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “assail”
in Spanish asaltar…
in Vietnamese tấn công…
in Malaysian menyerang…
in Thai โจมตี, ก่อกวน…
in French accabler (de)…
in German bestürmen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 攻击,袭击, 抨击, 困扰…
in Indonesian menyerang…
in Chinese (Traditional) 攻擊,襲擊, 抨擊, 困擾…
What is the pronunciation of assail?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

autumnal

typical of autumn

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More