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accost

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verb ac·cost \ə-ˈkȯst, -ˈkäst\

Simple Definition of accost

  • : to approach and speak to (someone) often in an angry, aggressive, or unwanted way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of accost

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to approach and speak to often in a challenging or aggressive way

Examples of accost in a sentence

  1. He was accosted by three gang members on the subway.

  2. She was so famous that people would accost her on the street and ask for an autograph.



Origin and Etymology of accost

Middle French accoster, ultimately from Latin ad- + costa rib, side — more at coast


First Known Use: 1597


ACCOST Defined for Kids

accost

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verb ac·cost \ə-ˈkȯst\

Definition of accost for Students

accosted

accosting

  1. :  to approach and speak to angrily or aggressively




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