Verb accost Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


accost (third-person singular simple present accosts, present participle accosting, simple past and past participle accosted)

  1. (transitive) To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To approach; to come up to.
  4. (transitive) To speak to first; to address; to greet.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To adjoin; to lie alongside.
  6. To solicit sexually.
  7. (transitive) To assault (the most common modern usage).

More definition: confront boldly, The beggar accosted me for money. approach, especially with a greeting, question, or remark.

3.(of prostitutes, procurers, etc.) to solicit for sexual purposes.

4.a greeting.

1. (transitive) to approach, stop, and speak to (a person), as to ask a question, accuse of a crime, solicit sexually, etc noun

2. (rare) a greeting Derived Formsaccostable, adjective Word OriginC16, from Late Latin accostāre to place side by side, from Latin costa side, ribCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1570s, from Middle French accoster "move up to," from Italian accostare or directly from Late Latin accostare "come up to the side," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + costa "rib, side" (see coast (n.)). The original notion is of fleets of warships attacking an enemy's coast. Related, Accosted; accosting.

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