To accost is to approach someone aggressively or confront them in an inappropriate way.

Accost describes a confrontation — one that’s often aggressive in nature. You’re likely to be accosted by angry picketers if you wear your finest fur coat to a march against animal cruelty. The paparazzi make their living by accosting celebrities, pushing in close to snap candid photos as the stars leave their limos.

Definitions of accost
  1. verb

    speak to someone

    address, come up to
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    greet, recognise, recognize

    express greetings upon meeting someone

    make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion

    pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to
    shake hands

    take someone’s hands and shake them as a gesture of greeting or congratulation
    bob, curtsy

    make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect

    greet in a friendly way
    present, salute

    recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position

    honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers
    hail, herald

    greet enthusiastically or joyfully
    receive, welcome

    bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
    say farewell

    say good-bye or bid farewell
    bid, wish

    invoke upon
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    come, come up

    move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody

  2. verb

    approach with an offer of sexual favors

    hook, solicit

    hook, snare

    entice and trap
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    make available or accessible, provide or furnish

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