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accost

[ uh-kawst, uh-kost ]SEE DEFINITION OF accost

Synonyms for accost

  • annoy
  • buttonhole
  • confront
  • address
  • bother
  • brace
  • call
  • challenge
  • cross
  • dare
  • entice
  • face
  • flag
  • greet
  • hail
  • proposition
  • salute
  • welcome
  • run into
  • whistle for
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Antonyms for accost

  • aid
  • help
  • ignore
  • refrain
  • slight
  • turn away
  • avoid
  • dodge
  • evade
  • scorn
  • shun
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ACCOST

He was not to accost her in the presence of any other person.

He entered the room slowly, uncertain how to accost Mr. Danforth.

An inspiration from above told me to accost her and to invite her to follow me.

I kept my seat, resolving to accost him directly after supper.

It might be no harm to accost them, and Jem was not shy about strangers.

She wandered on from street to street, not daring to accost any of the busy people.

After that the child was told how to accost the servants and the governess.

When she is of the exercise, I will also accost and restrain her.

When the service was over, we were about to enter the carriage, when who should accost us but Harcourt.

He desired Maurice to accost him, but no better result ensued.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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