accost

  • 1 Accost — Ac*cost , v. i. To adjoin; to lie alongside. [Obs.] The shores which to the sea accost. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Accost — Ac*cost , n. Address; greeting. [R.] J. Morley. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Accost — Ac*cost (#; 115), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accosted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Accosting}.] [F. accoster, LL. accostare to bring side by side; L. ad + costa rib, side. See {Coast}, and cf. {Accoast}.] 1. To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 accost — I verb address, adoriri, affront, ambush, approach, assail, assault, assault belligerently, attack, beset, compellare, confront, draw near, fall upon, rise in hostility before, set upon, strike at, thrust at, waylay II index approach, assail …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 accost — (v.) 1570s, from M.Fr. accoster move up to, from It. accostare or directly from L.L. accostare come up to the side, from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + costa rib, side (see COAST (Cf. coast) (n.)). The original notion is of fleets of warships… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 accost — *address, greet, hail, salute Analogous words: *speak, talk, converse: affront, *offend, insult Contrasted words: avoid, shun, elude, evade, *escape: ignore, slight, overlook (see NEGLECT) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 accost — [v] approach for conversation or solicitation address, annoy, bother, brace*, buttonhole*, call, challenge, confront, cross, dare, entice, face, flag, greet, hail, proposition, run into, salute, welcome, whistle for*; concepts 48,51 Ant. avoid,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 accost — ► VERB ▪ approach and address boldly or aggressively. ORIGIN originally in the sense «go or lie alongside»: from French accoster, from Latin costa rib, side …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 accost — [ə kôst′, əkäst′] vt. [Fr accoster < It accostare, to bring side by side < VL * accostare < L ad , to + costa, rib, side] 1. to approach and speak to; greet first, before being greeted, esp. in an intrusive way 2. to solicit for sexual… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 accost — UK [əˈkɒst] / US [əˈkɔst] verb [transitive] Word forms accost : present tense I/you/we/they accost he/she/it accosts present participle accosting past tense accosted past participle accosted formal to stop someone and speak to them, especially in …

    English dictionary

  • 11 accost — 1. verb /əˈkɔst/ a) To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request. She approached the basin, and bent over it as if to fill her pitcher; she again lifted it to her head. The personage on the well brink now seemed to …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 accost —    to approach a stranger with a taboo request or suggestion    Originally, accost meant to lie alongside, which may be what a prostitute has in mind:     Gladstone refers to being accosted , i. e. the initiative was the prostitute s, not, as in… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 13 accost — transitive verb Etymology: Middle French accoster, ultimately from Latin ad + costa rib, side more at coast Date: 1597 to approach and speak to often in a challenging or aggressive way …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 accost — accostable, adj. /euh kawst , euh kost /, v.t. 1. to confront boldly: The beggar accosted me for money. 2. to approach, esp. with a greeting, question, or remark. 3. (of prostitutes, procurers, etc.) to solicit for sexual purposes. n. 4. a… …

    Universalium

  • 15 accost — Synonyms and related words: address, advance, apostrophize, appeal to, approach, appropinquate, approximate, bear down on, bear down upon, bear up, bespeak, bid good day, bid good morning, bow to, buttonhole, call to, close, close in, close with …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 accost — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. greet, hail, address. See courtesy. Ant., scorn. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To greet] Syn. address, hail, call to; see greet . 2. [To solicit] Syn. approach, waylay, confront, proposition*; see… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 accost — ac|cost [əˈkɔst US əˈko:st, əˈka:st] v [T] written [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: accoster, from Latin costa rib, side ] to go towards someone you do not know and speak to them in an unpleasant or threatening way ▪ He was accosted by four… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 accost — ac|cost [ ə kɔst ] verb transitive FORMAL to stop someone and speak to them, especially in a way that could annoy them or make them feel embarrassed: Wherever he goes he is accosted by young people asking for his autograph …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 accost — [[t]əkɒ̱st, AM əkɔ͟ːst[/t]] accosts, accosting, accosted VERB (disapproval) If someone accosts another person, especially a stranger, they stop them or go up to them and speak to them in a way that seems rude or threatening. [FORMAL] [V n] I went …

    English dictionary

  • 20 accost — ac·cost || É™ kÉ’st v. approach, confront, waylay (often aggressively); solicit, proposition …

    English contemporary dictionary


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