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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.]


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



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]


Past participle: aggressed
Gerund: aggressing

I aggress
you aggress
he/she/it aggresses
we aggress
you aggress
they aggress
I aggressed
you aggressed
he/she/it aggressed
we aggressed
you aggressed
they aggressed
Present Continuous
I am aggressing
you are aggressing
he/she/it is aggressing
we are aggressing
you are aggressing
they are aggressing
Present Perfect
I have aggressed
you have aggressed
he/she/it has aggressed
we have aggressed
you have aggressed
they have aggressed
Past Continuous
I was aggressing
you were aggressing
he/she/it was aggressing
we were aggressing
you were aggressing
they were aggressing
Past Perfect
I had aggressed
you had aggressed
he/she/it had aggressed
we had aggressed
you had aggressed
they had aggressed
I will aggress
you will aggress
he/she/it will aggress
we will aggress
you will aggress
they will aggress
Future Perfect
I will have aggressed
you will have aggressed
he/she/it will have aggressed
we will have aggressed
you will have aggressed
they will have aggressed
Future Continuous
I will be aggressing
you will be aggressing
he/she/it will be aggressing
we will be aggressing
you will be aggressing
they will be aggressing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been aggressing
you have been aggressing
he/she/it has been aggressing
we have been aggressing
you have been aggressing
they have been aggressing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been aggressing
you will have been aggressing
he/she/it will have been aggressing
we will have been aggressing
you will have been aggressing
they will have been aggressing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been aggressing
you had been aggressing
he/she/it had been aggressing
we had been aggressing
you had been aggressing
they had been aggressing
I would aggress
you would aggress
he/she/it would aggress
we would aggress
you would aggress
they would aggress
Past Conditional
I would have aggressed
you would have aggressed
he/she/it would have aggressed
we would have aggressed
you would have aggressed
they would have aggressed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.aggress - take the initiative and go on the offensiveaggress - 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
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"


To set upon with violent force:


vicommettre une agression (or des agressions)
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