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ambush

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verb am·bush \ˈam-ˌbu̇sh\

Definition of ambush

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to attack by surprise from a hidden place :  waylay Our troops ambushed the enemy units. … his caravan that season had been ambushed and shot at twice on the way down … — Rudyard Kipling

  3. 2 :  to station in ambush (see 2ambush 1) Mr and Mrs Fyne ambushed at their window—a most incredible occupation for people of their kind—saw with renewed anxiety a cab come to the door. — Joseph Conrad

  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

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Origin and Etymology of ambush

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


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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 Terrorists lay in ambush.

  3. 3 :  an attack especially from an ambush The ambush resulted in many casualties.

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

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Origin and Etymology of ambush

see 1ambush


AMBUSH Defined for English Language Learners

ambush

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verb

Definition of ambush for English Language Learners

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

ambush

noun

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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