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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for un accostable

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 un accostable

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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