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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kawst, uh-kost]
    • /əˈkɔst, əˈkɒst/
    • /əˈkɒst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kawst, uh-kost]
    • /əˈkɔst, əˈkɒst/

Definitions of accost word

  • verb accost If someone accosts another person, especially a stranger, they stop them or go up to them and speak to them in a way that seems rude or threatening. 3
  • verb accost to approach, stop, and speak to (a person), as to ask a question, accuse of a crime, solicit sexually, etc 3
  • noun accost a greeting 3
  • verb transitive accost to approach and speak to; greet first, before being greeted, esp. in an intrusive way 3
  • verb transitive accost to solicit for sexual purposes 3
  • verb with object accost to confront boldly: The beggar accosted me for money. 1

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Origin of accost

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
First recorded in 1570-80, accost is from the Late Latin word accostāre to be or put side by side. See ac-, coast

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Parts of speech for Accost


accost popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for accost

verb accost

  • confront — If you are confronted with a problem, task, or difficulty, you have to deal with it.
  • annoy — If someone or something annoys you, it makes you fairly angry and impatient.
  • bother — If you do not bother to do something or if you do not bother with it, you do not do it, consider it, or use it because you think it is unnecessary or because you are too lazy.
  • welcome — a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure: to give someone a warm welcome.
  • cross — If you cross something such as a room, a road, or an area of land or water, you move or travel to the other side of it. If you cross to a place, you move or travel over a room, road, or area of land or water in order to reach that place.

Antonyms for accost

verb accost

  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
  • slight — small in amount, degree, etc.: a slight increase; a slight odor.
  • refrain — to abstain from an impulse to say or do something (often followed by from): I refrained from telling him what I thought.
  • avoid — If you avoid something unpleasant that might happen, you take action in order to prevent it from happening.

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