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Meaning of “accost” in the English Dictionary

"accost" in British English

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accostverb [T often passive]

uk   /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.
(Definition of accost from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accost" in American English

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accostverb [T]

 us   /əˈkɔst, əˈkɑst/
to ​approach or ​stop and ​speak to someone in a ​threatening way: They were accosted at a ​busstop by someone who said he ​neededmoney. Note: Usually the person who stops you or speaks to you is someone you do not know.
(Definition of accost from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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