accost


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ac·cost

 (ə-kôst′, ə-kŏst′)
tr.v. ac·cost·ed, ac·cost·ing, ac·costs
1. To approach and speak to, especially aggressively or insistently, as with a demand or request.
2. To approach and speak to with the intent of having sex.

[French accoster, from Old French, from Medieval Latin accostāre, to adjoin : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin costa, side; see kost- in Indo-European roots.]

accost

(əˈkɒst)
vb
(tr) to approach, stop, and speak to (a person), as to ask a question, accuse of a crime, solicit sexually, etc
n
rare a greeting
[C16: from Late Latin accostāre to place side by side, from Latin costa side, rib]
acˈcostable adj

ac•cost

(əˈkɔst, əˈkɒst)

v.t.
1. to confront boldly.
2. to approach with a greeting, question, or remark.
[1570–80; < Late Latin accostāre to be or put side by side. See ac-, coast]
ac•cost′a•ble, adj.

accost


Past participle: accosted
Gerund: accosting

Imperative
accost
accost
Present
I accost
you accost
he/she/it accosts
we accost
you accost
they accost
Preterite
I accosted
you accosted
he/she/it accosted
we accosted
you accosted
they accosted
Present Continuous
I am accosting
you are accosting
he/she/it is accosting
we are accosting
you are accosting
they are accosting
Present Perfect
I have accosted
you have accosted
he/she/it has accosted
we have accosted
you have accosted
they have accosted
Past Continuous
I was accosting
you were accosting
he/she/it was accosting
we were accosting
you were accosting
they were accosting
Past Perfect
I had accosted
you had accosted
he/she/it had accosted
we had accosted
you had accosted
they had accosted
Future
I will accost
you will accost
he/she/it will accost
we will accost
you will accost
they will accost
Future Perfect
I will have accosted
you will have accosted
he/she/it will have accosted
we will have accosted
you will have accosted
they will have accosted
Future Continuous
I will be accosting
you will be accosting
he/she/it will be accosting
we will be accosting
you will be accosting
they will be accosting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been accosting
you have been accosting
he/she/it has been accosting
we have been accosting
you have been accosting
they have been accosting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been accosting
you will have been accosting
he/she/it will have been accosting
we will have been accosting
you will have been accosting
they will have been accosting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been accosting
you had been accosting
he/she/it had been accosting
we had been accosting
you had been accosting
they had been accosting
Conditional
I would accost
you would accost
he/she/it would accost
we would accost
you would accost
they would accost
Past Conditional
I would have accosted
you would have accosted
he/she/it would have accosted
we would have accosted
you would have accosted
they would have accosted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.accost - speak to someoneaccost - speak to someone      
greet, recognise, recognize - express greetings upon meeting someone
approach - make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion; "I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters"
come, come up - move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody; "He came singing down the road"; "Come with me to the Casbah"; "come down here!"; "come out of the closet!"; "come into the room"
2.accost - approach with an offer of sexual favorsaccost - approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park"
snare, hook - entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
offer - make available or accessible, provide or furnish; "The conference center offers a health spa"; "The hotel offers private meeting rooms"

accost

verb confront, challenge, address, stop, approach, oppose, halt, greet, hail, solicit (as a prostitute), buttonhole I told them that a man had accosted me in the street.

accost

verb
1. To approach for the purpose of speech:
2. To meet face-to-face, especially defiantly:
Translations
يَدْنُو مِن شَخْص وَيُخَاطِبُهُ
obtěžovatpřistoupit a oslovit
antastetiltale
leszólít
abbast upp á
prikibtiužkabinti
piesieties
osloviť
yaklaşmakyolunu kesmek

accost

[əˈkɒst] VTabordar
he accosted me in the streetme abordó en la calle, se dirigió a mí en la calle
he accosted me for a lightse acercó a mí para pedir fuego

accost

[əˈkɒst] vtaccoster, aborder

accost

vtansprechen, anpöbeln (pej)

accost

[əˈkɒst] vt (confront) → abbordare; (approach) → avvicinare

accost

(əˈkost) verb
to approach and speak to, especially in an unfriendly way. I was accosted in the street by four men with guns.
References in classic literature ?
If they were resolute to accost her, she laid her finger on the scarlet letter, and passed on.
Out of the midst of them, the ghostly face would rise, and he would accost it again.
Back stept those two fair Angels half amaz'd So sudden to behold the grieslie King; Yet thus, unmovd with fear, accost him soon.
Good Robin accost him in his way, To see what he might be; If any beggar had money, He thought some part had he.
Morrel hesitated for a moment; he feared it would be hypocritical to accost in a friendly manner the man whom he was tacitly opposing, but his oath and the gravity of the circumstances recurred to his memory; he struggled to conceal his emotion and bowed to Franz.
Why do you come to accost me with twelve horsemen at your heels, then?
Weston he should come up and accost me; but afterwards, on due reflection, I thought there was nothing odd about it, unless it were the fact of his speaking to me; for on such a morning and so near his own abode, it was natural enough that he should be about; and as for my thinking of him, I had been doing that, with little intermission, ever since we set out on our journey; so there was nothing remarkable in that.
On the bridge Da Souza saw him accost a policeman, and brushing close by, heard him ask the same question.
As none of them seemed looking for any one, he did not accost them, but eyed each new batch with the air of a martyr.
They saw him slouch for'ard after breakfast, and, like a mendicant, with outstretched palm, accost a sailor.
The silent and the eloquent praise him and accost him, and he is stimulated wherever he moves, as by personal allusions.