Meaning of “attack” - Learner’s Dictionary

attack

verb uk us /əˈtæk/
VIOLENCE [ I, T ]

B1 to use violence to hurt or damage someone or something:

He was attacked and seriously injured by a gang of youths.
CRITICIZE [ T ]

to strongly criticize someone or something:

She attacked the government's new education policy.
DISEASE [ T ]

If a disease, chemical, etc attacks someone or something, it damages them:

The virus attacks the central nervous system.
SPORT [ I, T ]

If players in a team attack, they move forward to try to score points, goals, etc.

(Definition of “attack verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)