Meaning of “accost” in the English Dictionary

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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 bus stop by someone who said he needed money.
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)