To accost is to approach someone aggressively or confront them in an inappropriate way.

Accost describes a confrontation — one that's often aggressive in nature. You're likely to be accosted by angry picketers if you wear your finest fur coat to a march against animal cruelty. The paparazzi make their living by accosting celebrities, pushing in close to snap candid photos as the stars leave their limos. The drunk man who accosts his attractive female co-worker at a company cocktail party is looking for more than conversation.

Primary Meanings of accost

speak to someone
approach with an offer of sexual favors
Full Definitions of accost

v speak to someone

address, come up to
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greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone
make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion
pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to
shake hands
take someone's hands and shake them as a gesture of greeting or congratulation
bob, curtsy
make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect
greet in a friendly way
present, salute
recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers
hail, herald
greet enthusiastically or joyfully
receive, welcome
bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
say farewell
say good-bye or bid farewell
bid, wish
invoke upon
Type of:
come, come up
move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody

v approach with an offer of sexual favors

hook, solicit
hook, snare
entice and trap
Type of:
make available or accessible, provide or furnish

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