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accost

[ uh-kawst, uh-kost ]
/ əˈkɔst, əˈkɒst /
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verb (used with object)
to confront boldly: The beggar accosted me for money.
to approach, especially with a greeting, question, or remark.
(of prostitutes, procurers, etc.) to solicit for sexual purposes.
noun
a greeting.
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Origin of accost

First recorded in 1570–80, accost is from the Late Latin word accostāre to be or put side by side. See ac-, coast

OTHER WORDS FROM accost

ac·cost·a·ble, adjectiveun·ac·cost·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for accost

accost
/ (əˈkɒst) /

verb
(tr) to approach, stop, and speak to (a person), as to ask a question, accuse of a crime, solicit sexually, etc
noun
rare a greeting

Derived forms of accost

accostable, adjective

Word Origin for accost

C16: from Late Latin accostāre to place side by side, from Latin costa side, rib
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