aggress

aggress

[uh-gres]
verb (used without object)
1.
to commit the first act of hostility or offense; attack first.
2.
to begin to quarrel.
verb (used with object)
3.
to behave aggressively toward; attack (often followed by upon ): wild animals aggressing their prey.

Origin:
1565–75; < Latin aggressus (past participle of aggredī to attack), equivalent to ag- ag- + gred- (see grade) + -tus past participle suffix

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aggress (əˈɡrɛs)
 
vb
(intr) to attack first or begin a quarrel
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin aggressāre to attack, from Latin aggredī to attack, approach]

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