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intr.v. ag·gressed, ag·gress·ing, ag·gress·es
To initiate an attack, war, quarrel, or fight.
[French agresser, from Latin aggredī, aggress-, to attack : ad-, ad- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.]
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(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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1. to commit the first act of hostility or offense; attack first.
2. to begin to quarrel.
[1565–75; < Latin aggressus, past participle of aggredī to attack]
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Past participle: aggressed
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|Verb||1.||aggress - take the initiative and go on the offensive; "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"|
check - place into check; "He checked my kings"
fork - place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces
attack, assail - launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
harass - exhaust by attacking repeatedly; "harass the enemy"
pin - immobilize a piece
tackle - seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball
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