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

     

    assault

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈsɔːlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɔːlt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they assault
    BrE BrE//əˈsɔːlt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɔːlt//
     
    he / she / it assaults
    BrE BrE//əˈsɔːlts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɔːlts//
     
    past simple assaulted
    BrE BrE//əˈsɔːltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɔːltɪd//
     
    past participle assaulted
    BrE BrE//əˈsɔːltɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɔːltɪd//
     
    -ing form assaulting
    BrE BrE//əˈsɔːltɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsɔːltɪŋ//
     
    Committing crime
     
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  1. 1assault somebody to attack somebody 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. He admitted indecently assaulting the child. Many healthcare workers say they have been physically assaulted by patients. See related entries: Committing crime
  2. 2assault something (formal) to affect your senses in a way that is very unpleasant or uncomfortable Loud rock music assaulted our ears.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French asaut (noun), assauter (verb), based on Latin ad- ‘to’ + saltare, frequentative of salire ‘to leap’. Compare with assail.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: assault