Meaning of “attack” - Learner’s Dictionary

attack

noun uk us /əˈtæk/
VIOLENCE [ C, U ]

B1 a violent act intended to hurt or damage someone or something:

a terrorist attack on the capital
CRITICISM [ C, U ]

a strong criticism of someone or something:

a scathing attack on the president
ILLNESS [ C ]

a sudden, short illness:

a nasty attack of flu
SPORT [ C, U ]

in games such as football, an attempt by the players in a team try to score points, goals, etc

→ See also counter-attack

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