atacar
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atacar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to strike)
a. to attack
Los rebeldes atacaron la fortaleza al amanecer.The rebels attacked the fort at dawn.
2. (medicine)
a. to attack
La infección ha atacado sus nódulos linfáticos.The infection has attacked her lymph nodes.
3. (to criticize)
a. to attack
El embajador ruso atacó sin piedad al primer ministro griego.The Russian ambassador mercilessly attacked the Greek prime minister.
4. (to undertake)
a. to tackle
Hace mucho que no le hacemos nada al jardín. Lo atacaremos este fin de semana.We haven't done anything with our garden in a long time. We're going to tackle it this weekend.
5. (to contend with)
a. to attack
Varias organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro han tratado de atacar el problema de la pobreza mundial.Many nonprofit organizations have tried to attack the problem of global poverty.
6. (to pester)
a. to get on one's nerves
La manera en que se gritan los vecinos a las tres de la mañana me ataca.The way my neighbors yell at each other at three in the morning gets on my nerves.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (to strike)
a. to attack
Estamos listos para atacar cuando mandes.We are ready to attack when you give the order.
atacarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to overeat)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to stuff oneself
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Se atacó de pizza y ahora no puede dormir.He stuffed himself on pizza, and now he can't sleep.
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atacar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (acometer)
a. to attack
esta enfermedad ataca el sistema respiratoriothis disease attacks the respiratory system
2. (sports)
a. to attack
3. (criticar)
a. to attack
4. (afectar)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
le atacó la risa/fiebrehe had a fit of laughter/a bout of fever
5. (poner nervioso)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
ese ruido me ataca (los nervios)that noise gets on my nerves
6. (corroer)
a. to corrode
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atacar
transitive verb
1 [+enemigo, ciudad, fortaleza] to attack
atacar a una presa
2 (Med) (Química) [+enfermedad, plaga, sustancia] to attack
la plaga de langostas ha atacado los cultivos del norte de Africa. ataca sólo a las bacterias y cuerpos extraños
ataca al hígado it attacks the liver; la gripe me ataca todos los inviernos I get struck down by the flu every winter; me estaba atacando el sueño I was succumbing to sleep; este niño me ataca los nervios that child gets on my nerves (familiar)
3 (criticar) [+teoría, planteamiento, propuesta] to attack
atacaron despiadadamente su enfoque marxista they mercilessly attacked her Marxist approach
4 (combatir) [+problema] to tackle; combat
se pretende atacar el desempleo the aim is to tackle o combat unemployment; pretenden atacar la epidemia de meningitis they aim to tackle o combat the meningitis epidemic
debemos atacar el problema en su raíz
5 (abordar)
el gobierno debe atacar la reforma laboral the government should get moving on labour reform (familiar); tengo que atacar a las matemáticas I'll have to get stuck into my maths (familiar); la orquesta atacó la novena de Beethoven the band launched into Beethoven's Ninth; ¿puedo atacar al pastel? can I get stuck into the cake? (familiar)
carga de arma
intransitive verb
to attack
tras recobrar el balón, atacaron y marcaron en la segunda parte atacaron constantemente
pronominal verb
atacarse (Latinoamérica) to stuff o.s. (familiar)
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atacar salvajemente
to attack savagely, to savage
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