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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
  • transitive v. To solicit for sex.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
  • v. To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of.
  • v. To approach; to come up to.
  • v. To speak to first; to address; to greet.
  • v. To adjoin; to lie alongside.
  • v. To solicit sexually.
  • n. Address; greeting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Address; greeting.
  • intransitive v. To adjoin; to lie alongside.
  • transitive v. To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of.
  • transitive v. To approach; to make up to.
  • transitive v. To speak to first; to address; to greet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To come side by side or face to face with; draw near; approach; make up to.
  • To speak to; address.
  • To border on; adjoin.
  • To adjoin; be adjacent.
  • n. The act of accosting; address; salutation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. approach with an offer of sexual favors
  • v. speak to someone

Etymologies

French accoster, from Old French, from Medieval Latin accostāre, to adjoin : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin costa, side; see kost- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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