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English definition of “accost”

accost

verb [T often passive]     /əˈkɒst/ US  /-ˈkɑːst/ formal
to go up to or stop and speak to someone in a threatening way: I'm usually accosted by beggars and drunks as I walk to the station .Interrupting and preventing from speaking
(Definition of accost verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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