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definition of the word accost

by the Wiktionnary

French accoster, Late Latin accostare to bring side by side; Latin ad + costa rib, side. See coast, and compare accoast.

to accost

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to accost (third-person singular simple present accosts, present participle accosting, simple past and past participle accosted)

  1. (transitive) To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of.
    • So much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea. - Fuller
  3. (transitive, obsolete, Shakespearian) To approach; to make up to
  4. (transitive) To speak to first; to address; to greet.
    • Him, Satan thus accosts - Milton
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To adjoin; to lie alongside
    • The shores which to the sea accost - Spenser

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