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assaultnoun

uk   /əˈsɒlt/  us   /əˈsɑːlt/
C2 [C or U] a ​violentattack: He was ​charged with sexual assault.UK The ​number of indecent assaults has ​increasedalarmingly over the past ​year. an assault on a ​policeofficer They launched an assault on the ​capitalyesterday.
[C] a ​determined or ​seriousattempt to do something ​difficult: Women's ​groups have ​demanded a ​nationwide assault onsexism in the ​workplace. She ​diedheroically during an assault on the world's second-highest ​mountain.
assault and battery [U] specialized
a ​threat to ​injure someone ​followed by a ​violentattack on them

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assaultverb [T]

uk   /əˈsɒlt/  us   /əˈsɑːlt/
C2 to ​attack someone ​violently: A woman and a man have been ​convicted of assaulting a ​policeofficer. He had ​attempted to sexually assault the woman.
(Definition of assault from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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assaultverb [T]

 us   /əˈsɔlt/
to make a ​sudden, ​violentattack on someone
assault
noun [C/U]  us   /əˈsɔlt/
[C] University ​officials are ​concerned about a ​series of assaults on ​teachers and ​students near the ​campus.
(Definition of assault from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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