Definition of accost in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkɒst/


[with object]
Approach and address (someone) boldly or aggressively: reporters accosted him in the street
More example sentences
  • A few minutes ago he was accosted by reporters after locking horns with the Prime Minister during question period.
  • As she got off the plane in Belgium, she was accosted by reporters asking if she was taking anabolic steroids.
  • I am walking speedily along New York's Fifth Avenue when this elegant stranger accosts me, grabs my arm in a vice-like grip and hisses, ‘Where did you get that pin?’
speak to, talk to, call to, shout to, hail, initiate a discussion with;
address, approach, waylay, take aside, detain, stop, halt, grab, catch, confront, importune, solicit
informal buttonhole, collar
British informal nobble


Late 16th century (originally in the sense 'lie or go alongside'): from French accoster, from Italian accostare, from Latin ad- 'to' + costa 'rib, side'.

Words that rhyme with accost

cost, frost, lost, Prost, riposte

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