accost

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.

Primary Meanings of accost

1.
v
speak to someone
2.
v
approach with an offer of sexual favors
Full Definitions of accost
1

v speak to someone

Synonyms:
address, come up to
Types:
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greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone
approach
make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion
hit
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
salute
greet in a friendly way
present, salute
recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
salute
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
2

v approach with an offer of sexual favors

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

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