verb (used with object)
  1. 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. 2018

Related Words for aggressing

charge, fight, beset, assault, storm, strike, assail, quarrel

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British Dictionary definitions for aggressing


  1. (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 aggressing



"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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