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Definition of assault verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they assault
    he / she / it assaults
    past simple assaulted
    -ing form assaulting
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  1. 1assault somebody to attack someone violently, especially when this is a crime He has been charged with assaulting a police officer. Four women have been sexually assaulted in the area recently.
  2. 2assault something (formal) to affect your senses in a way that is very unpleasant or uncomfortable Loud rock music assaulted our ears.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: assault