[ uh-gres ]
/ əˈgrɛs /

verb (used without object)

to commit the first act of hostility or offense; attack first.
to begin to quarrel.

verb (used with object)

to behave aggressively toward; attack (often followed by upon): wild animals aggressing their prey.

Origin of aggress

1565–75; < Latin aggressus (past participle of aggredī to attack), equivalent to ag- ag- + gred- (see grade) + -tus past participle suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aggress


/ (əˈɡrɛs) /


(intr) to attack first or begin a quarrel

Word Origin for aggress

C16: from Medieval Latin aggressāre to attack, from Latin aggredī to attack, approach
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Word Origin and History for aggress



"attack," 1714, back-formation from aggression, but used earlier with a sense of "approach" (1570s) and in this sense from French aggresser, from Late Latin aggressare, frequentative of Latin aggredi "to approach, attack." Related: Aggressed; aggressing.

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