- To approach and speak to (someone) in an aggressive or demanding way.
- To confront or assail (someone) suddenly and without warning.
- To approach and address (someone) in a bold or forward manner.
From french accoster, from italian accostare, from a- ("to") + costa ("rib, side").
- He was accosted by a beggar on the street.
- She was accosted by a man who asked for her phone number.
- He was accosted by a group of teenagers in the park.
- He accosted the woman and demanded her purse.
- She accosted the CEO at the conference and asked for a job opportunity.