accost

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈkɒst/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈkɔst, əˈkɑst/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə kôst, ə kost)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ac•cost /əˈkɔst, əˈkɑst/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to approach and speak to (someone), esp. in an aggressive manner.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ac•cost  (ə kôst, ə kost),USA pronunciation 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. 
  1. a greeting.
ac•costa•ble, adj. 
  • Late Latin accostāre to be or put side by side. See ac-, coast
  • 1570–80

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
accost /əˈkɒst/ vb
  1. (transitive) to approach, stop, and speak to (a person), as to ask a question, accuse of a crime, solicit sexually, etc
Etymology: 16th Century: from Late Latin accostāre to place side by side, from Latin costa side, rib

acˈcostable adj
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