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accost

[uh-kawst, uh-kost] /əˈkɔst, əˈkɒst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to confront boldly:
The beggar accosted me for money.
2.
to approach, especially with a greeting, question, or remark.
3.
(of prostitutes, procurers, etc.) to solicit for sexual purposes.
noun
4.
a greeting.
Origin of accost
1570-1580
1570-80; < Late Latin accostāre to be or put side by side. See ac-, coast
Related forms
accostable, adjective
unaccostable, adjective
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  • He could wear a fair outside, and accost me in a pleasant voice, like you.'

    A Life's Secret Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He was not to accost her in the presence of any other person.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • When the service was over, we were about to enter the carriage, when who should accost us but Harcourt.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • He entered the room slowly, uncertain how to accost Mr. Danforth.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • The troopers decided to accost the man from the outside exit, rather than subjecting the Cubs to possible gunfire.

  • After that the child was told how to accost the servants and the governess.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • In the mean time the jeweller had entered; he remained respectfully at the door, and waited for the queen to accost him.

  • He desired Maurice to accost him, but no better result ensued.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for accost

accost

/əˈkɒst/
verb
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 Forms
accostable, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin accostāre to place side by side, from Latin costa side, rib
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Word Origin and History for accost
v.

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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