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Dictionary definition for: Assault

1. (n) close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

2. (v) attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman" "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

3. (n) a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped

4. (v) force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night"

5. (n) thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946

6. (v) attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"

7. (n) the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will

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