aggress

[ 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.

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Origin of aggress

1565–75; < Latin aggressus (past participle of aggredī to attack), equivalent to ag- ag- + gred- (see grade) + -tus past participle suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for aggress

aggress
/ (əˈɡrɛs) /

verb

(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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