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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Two men accosted her in front of her apartment building.
▪ A white-faced Mathilda sped by me in the gallery but Benjamin was shouting for me so I decided not to accost her.
▪ No one other than herself pursued or accosted Ruth.
▪ No one was near enough to accost her or wonder about her presence.
▪ One black professor was verbally accosted by a white student.
▪ They were accosted by three white youths who taunted and then attacked them.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Accost \Ac*cost"\, n. Address; greeting. [R.]
--J. Morley.


Accost \Ac*cost"\ (#; 115), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accosted; p. pr. & vb. n. Accosting.] [F. accoster, LL. accostare to bring side by side; L. ad + costa rib, side. See Coast, and cf. Accoast.]

  1. To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of. [Obs.] ``So much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea.''

  2. To approach; to make up to. [Archaic]

  3. To speak to first; to address; to greet. ``Him, Satan thus accosts.''


Accost \Ac*cost"\, v. i. To adjoin; to lie alongside. [Obs.] ``The shores which to the sea accost.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1570s, from Middle French accoster "move up to," from Italian accostare or directly from Late Latin accostare "come up to the side," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + costa "rib, side" (see coast (n.)). The original notion is of fleets of warships attacking an enemy's coast. Related: Accosted; accosting.


n. (context rare English) address; greeting. vb. (context transitive English) To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.

  1. v. speak to someone [syn: address, come up to]

  2. approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park" [syn: hook, solicit]

Usage examples of "accost".

On the Place he was accosted by the blind man, who, having dragged himself as far as Yonville, in the hope of getting the antiphlogistic pomade, was asking every passer-by where the druggist lived.

He was slightly surprised to be accosted by an Ervickian in its ept-morph, an age at which barhopping was barely legal even on non-Ervickian worlds.

Still, as the human bartender bustled through the busy streets, sun hood up, squinting, he was bothered by that droid who had accosted him.

Guillaume, worn down by the inconveniences of excommunication, determined, since he was afraid of no one, to himself accost the man of God boldly with threats of reprisal.

Towards the end of the ball, when it was already full daylight, a masquer, dressed as a Venetian gondolier, was accosted by a lady masquer, also in Venetian costume.

The merman must have found her in the monastery and discovered some way to accost her.

As the boat now touched the bank, Madame de Montaigne accosted the musicians, thanked them with a sweet and unaffected earnestness for the compliment so delicately offered, and invited them ashore.

As I was leaving my big room, I was accosted politely by a man who said he was glad to be my neighbour, and offered to take me to the fountain if I were going there.

It is his shibboleth that he is politically equal to the best, that he is independent, and that his labor, though it earn him but a dollar a day by porterage, places him as a citizen on an equal rank with the most wealthy fellow-man that may employ or accost him.

A bishop, Amphilochius of Iconium, approached the throne, and after saluting, with due reverence, the person of his sovereign, he accosted the royal youth with the same familiar tenderness which he might have used towards a plebeian child.

I was able to look up only momentarily at the shuttered small windows from which, as apprentices stifled by boredom, we used to stare at the trees, before I was accosted.

Witnesses were convicted under a statute which forbade the unlicensed soliciting of funds on the representation that they were for religious or charitable purposes, and also on a general charge of breach of the peace by accosting in a strongly Catholic neighborhood two communicants of that faith and playing to them a phonograph record which grossly insulted the Christian religion in general and the Catholic church in particular.

Marijuana trafficker Alien Long recalled how he was accosted by one of these characters inNew York.

While vacationing outside Daret you were accosted by fanatical adherents of a xenophobically antihuman sect called the Bwyl.

The young ladies fastened on their fellow-passengers as an available escort, and as they walked up and down for an hour and a half, they were accosted by numerous friends and acquaintances, not with the wonder or the questioning which would greet an English family after an absence of eighteen months at the Antipodes, but more like that of the same family after their autumn tour.