aggress

verb ag·gress \ ə-ˈgres \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of aggress

intransitive verb
: to commit aggression : act aggressively

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Aggress and its more familiar relatives, "aggression" and "aggressive," derive from the Latin verb aggredi, meaning "to approach, attack, or undertake." When "aggress" was first used in English in the 16th century, it meant "to approach," but that use is now obsolete. The current meaning of the word has been with us since the early 18th century. Back then, the noun "aggress" ("an attack") appeared occasionally as well, but time has relegated that use to obsolescence, too.

Origin and Etymology of aggress

in part borrowed from Latin adgressus, aggressus, past participle of adgredī, aggredī "to approach, attack, undertake," from ad- ad- + gradī "to step, go"; in part back-formation from aggression — more at 1grade


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