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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 ?
He walks straight to Higgins, and accosts him with vehement reproach.
He is a palace of sweet sounds and sights; he dilates; he is twice a man; he walks with arms akimbo; he soliloquizes; he accosts the grass and the trees; he feels the blood of the violet, the clover and the lily in his veins; and he talks with the brook that wets his foot.
After inhaling a few whiffs in silence, he doubtingly accosts her with:
If they were resolute to accost her, she laid her finger on the scarlet letter, and passed on.