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ambush

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verb am·bush \ˈam-ˌbu̇sh\

Definition of ambush

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to station in ambush

  3. 2 :  to attack from an ambush :  waylay

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to lie in wait :  lurk

ambusher

noun

ambushment

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of ambush in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of ambush

Middle English embushen, from Anglo-French embuscher, from en in (from Latin in) + busche log, firewood


First Known Use: 14th century


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ambush

noun am·bush

Definition of ambush

  1. 1 :  a trap in which concealed persons lie in wait to attack by surprise

  2. 2 :  the persons stationed in ambush; also :  their concealed position

  3. 3 :  an attack especially from an ambush

Examples of ambush in a sentence

  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

15th Century

First Known Use of ambush

15th century


AMBUSH Defined for English Language Learners

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ambush

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verb am·bush \ˈam-ˌbu̇sh\

Definition of ambush for English Language Learners

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


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ambush

noun am·bush

Definition of ambush for English Language Learners

  • : 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


AMBUSH Defined for Kids

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ambush

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verb am·bush \ˈam-ˌbu̇sh\

Definition of ambush for Students

ambushed

ambushing

  1. :  to attack by surprise from a hidden place


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ambush

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noun am·bush

Definition of ambush for Students

  1. 1 :  a hidden place from which a surprise attack can be made

  2. 2 :  a surprise attack made from a hidden place



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