Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To initiate an attack, war, quarrel, or fight.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make an attack; commit the first act of hostility or offense; begin a quarrel or controversy; hence, to act on the offensive.
  • To encroach; intrude; be or become intrusive.
  • To attack.
  • noun Aggression; attack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To set upon; to attack.
  • intransitive verb To commit the first act of hostility or offense; to begin a quarrel or controversy; to make an attack; -- with on.
  • intransitive verb take the initiative and go on the offensive, as in a game.
  • noun obsolete Aggression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Aggression.
  • verb transitive To set upon; to attack.
  • verb intransitive To commit the first act of hostility or offense against; to begin a quarrel or controversy with; to make an attack against.

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

  • verb take the initiative and go on the offensive

Etymologies

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

[French agresser, from Latin aggredī, aggress-, to attack : ad-, ad- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin aggressum, past participle of aggredi ("to attack, assail, approach, go to"), from ad ("to") + gradi ("to walk, go"), from gradus ("step"); see grade.

Examples

  • In other words, when not permitted to express their aggression outwardly, girls 'aggress' against themselves.

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  • My complacency had vanished; suddenly I had become the aggressor, if only I had known how to "aggress"; but in her presence I was seized by an accursed shyness that paralyzed my tongue, and the things I had planned to say were left unuttered.

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  • I had become the aggressor, if only I had known how to "aggress"; but in her presence I was seized by an accursed shyness that paralyzed my tongue, and the things I had planned to say were left unuttered.

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  • My complacency had vanished; suddenly I had become the aggressor, if only I had known how to "aggress"; but in her presence I was seized by an accursed shyness that paralyzed my tongue, and the things I had planned to say were left unuttered.

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  • Besides, it is less than comforting to know that you're asking strangers if we should aggress.

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  • Besides, it is less than comforting to know that you're asking strangers if we should aggress.

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  • And it's one reason why you have to continue to pursue aggress ive counterterrorism policies abroad, to prevent that kind of scenario and also to prevent that kind of reaction.

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  • These parties, these pro-Westerners here in the Russian government, they insisted that Iran, being fundamentalist, could at some time aggress us.

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  • These parties, these pro-Westerners here in the Russian government, they insisted that Iran, being fundamentalist, could at some time aggress us.

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  • The United States has always exerted its self-given right to expand its territory and to aggress those nations that present a potential threat to U. S hegemony long before the Cold War, during the Cold War and after the Cold War.

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