Meaning of “assault” in the English Dictionary

"assault" in English

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uk /əˈsɒlt/ us /əˈsɑːlt/

C2 [ C or U ] a violent attack:

He was charged with sexual assault.
UK The number of indecent assaults has increased alarmingly over the past year.
an assault on a police officer
They launched an assault on the capital yesterday.

[ C ] a determined or serious attempt to do something difficult:

Women's groups have demanded a nationwide assault on sexism in the workplace.
She died heroically during an assault on the world's second-highest mountain.
assault and battery [ U ] specialized

a threat to injure someone followed by a violent attack on them

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assaultverb [ T ]

uk /əˈsɒlt/ us /əˈsɑːlt/

(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, violent attack on someone

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)