accost

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verb ac·cost \ə-ˈkȯst, -ˈkäst\

Definition of accost

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to approach and speak to (someone) often in a challenging or aggressive way He was accosted by a stranger on the street.

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.

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Origin and Etymology of accost

borrowed from Middle French accoster, going back to Old French, “to go alongside of, sail along the coast of, place (a vessel) beside another” (s'acoster a “to take a place beside, draw near, support”), probably going back to Vulgar Latin *accostāre, from Latin ad- ad- + costa “rib, side” — more at 1coast A common, polysemous verb in Anglo-French, though the English verb, which only begins to appear in the late 16th century, is apparently borrowed directly from Continental French. The sense “to approach and speak to” only appears in French in the early 17th century, about the same time that it appears in English.


ACCOST Defined for English Language Learners

accost

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Definition of accost for English Language Learners

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


ACCOST Defined for Kids

accost

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verb ac·cost \ə-ˈkȯst\

Definition of accost for Students

accosted

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accosting

  1. :  to approach and speak to angrily or aggressively


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