Definition of ambush verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ambush

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈæmbʊʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmbʊʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ambush
BrE BrE//ˈæmbʊʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmbʊʃ//
 
he / she / it ambushes
BrE BrE//ˈæmbʊʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmbʊʃɪz//
 
past simple ambushed
BrE BrE//ˈæmbʊʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmbʊʃt//
 
past participle ambushed
BrE BrE//ˈæmbʊʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmbʊʃt//
 
-ing form ambushing
BrE BrE//ˈæmbʊʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmbʊʃɪŋ//
 
Terrorism
 
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ambush somebody/something to make a surprise attack on somebody/something from a hidden position The guerrillas ambushed them near the bridge. (figurative) She was ambushed by reporters. See related entries: Terrorism Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘place troops in hiding in order to surprise an enemy’): from Old French embusche (noun), embuschier (verb), based on a late Latin word meaning ‘to place in a wood’; related to bush.
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