take the offensive


: to begin to attack or fight against someone or something
Opponents of the development project took the offensive and defeated the land sale.

Examples of take the offensive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McBride helped take the offensive pressure off Randle’s shoulders with yet another blistering shooting night from downtown. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 13 June 2024 Businesses need to take the offensive as well to rise to the challenge and ensure their most sensitive information is safe. Anudeep Parhar, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Merritt will replace former UM assistant Tim Harris Jr., who recently left to take the offensive coordinator/wide receivers job at UCF. Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald, 7 Feb. 2024 The United States has also sought to deter adversaries by threatening to take the offensive and carry out retaliatory cyberattacks. Dmitri Alperovitch, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2021 Rather than working towards a copacetic co-parenting relationship with the mother of his four kids, West is choosing violence, opting to take the offensive by claiming that Kardashian is attempting to isolate him from their family through the divorce. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 16 Mar. 2022 Tight ends coach Joe Craddock left to take the offensive coordinator position at Troy, along with offensive line coach Richard Owens making a lateral move, and cornerbacks coach Jay Simpson accepted the defensive pass-game coordinator position at Arkansas State. Evan Dudley, al, 1 Mar. 2022 Rees is replacing Bill O’Brien, who left to take the offensive coordinator position with the New England Patriots. Ralph D. Russo, Chicago Tribune, 3 Feb. 2023 But Mohamud has said his government will take the offensive against the group’s thousands of fighters, with the backing of returning U.S. forces. Omar Faruk, ajc, 21 Aug. 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'take the offensive.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near take the offensive

Cite this Entry

“Take the offensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20the%20offensive. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!