verb am·bush \ˈam-ˌbsh\

: to attack (someone or something) by surprise from a hidden place

Full Definition of AMBUSH

transitive verb
:  to station in ambush
:  to attack from an ambush :  waylay
intransitive verb
:  to lie in wait :  lurk
am·bush·er noun
am·bush·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of AMBUSH

  1. We have reports of enemy soldiers ambushing civilians on this road.
  2. <the king's enemies planned to ambush the royal coach on the way to Paris and capture the king>

Origin of AMBUSH

Middle English embushen, from Anglo-French embuscher, from en in (from Latin in) + busche log, firewood
First Known Use: 14th century



: an act of hiding, waiting for others to appear, and then suddenly attacking them : a surprise attack

: a hidden place from which a surprise attack can be made

Full Definition of AMBUSH

:  a trap in which concealed persons lie in wait to attack by surprise
:  the persons stationed in ambush; also :  their concealed position
:  an attack especially from an ambush

Examples of AMBUSH

  1. Many soldiers were killed in the ambush.
  2. The soldiers were lying in ambush, waiting for the enemy to approach.
  3. a snake waiting in ambush for its next meal

First Known Use of AMBUSH

15th century


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