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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kaw-stid, uh-kos-tid]
    • /əˈkɔ stɪd, əˈkɒs tɪd/
    • /əˈkɒst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kaw-stid, uh-kos-tid]
    • /əˈkɔ stɪd, əˈkɒs tɪd/

Definitions of accosted word

  • adjective accosted (of animals) represented as side by side: two dolphins accosted. 1
  • verb with object accosted to confront boldly: The beggar accosted me for money. 1
  • verb with object accosted to approach, especially with a greeting, question, or remark. 1
  • verb with object accosted (of prostitutes, procurers, etc.) to solicit for sexual purposes. 1
  • noun accosted a greeting. 1
  • noun accosted (heraldry) Supported on both sides by other charges; also, side by side. 1

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Origin of accosted

First appearance:

before 1600
One of the 39% oldest English words
First recorded in 1600-10; accost + -ed2

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Parts of speech for Accosted


accosted popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% 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 accosted

verb accosted

  • approached — to come near or nearer to: The cars slowed down as they approached the intersection.
  • stopped — to cease from, leave off, or discontinue: to stop running.
  • hounded — one of any of several breeds of dogs trained to pursue game either by sight or by scent, especially one with a long face and large drooping ears.
  • annoyed — If you are annoyed, you are fairly angry about something.
  • addressed — a speech or written statement, usually formal, directed to a particular group of persons: the president's address on the state of the economy.

Antonyms for accosted

verb accosted

  • aided — to provide support for or relief to; help: to aid the homeless victims of the fire.
  • helped — to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; render assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist: He planned to help me with my work. Let me help you with those packages.
  • ignored — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
  • refrained — to abstain from an impulse to say or do something (often followed by from): I refrained from telling him what I thought.
  • slighted — small in amount, degree, etc.: a slight increase; a slight odor.

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