ag·​gress | \ ə-ˈgres How to pronounce aggress (audio) \
aggressed; aggressing; aggresses

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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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Asian face even more inscrutable, effacing even their age and gender, while also telegraphing that the Asian wearer was mute and therefore incapable of talking back if aggressed. New York Times, "The Slur I Never Expected to Hear in 2020," 12 Apr. 2020 Boyish, long-haired young Getty seems very much at home here, sparring good-naturedly with some ladies of the night before being aggressed and whisked away. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'All the Money in the World': Film Review," 19 Dec. 2017 In that time Moscow also aggressed against countries far closer to central Europe, such as Hungary, and did far more in the way of destabilizing democracies. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Let Ukraine Defend Itself," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of aggress

1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 grade entry 1

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“Aggress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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