Accost vs Cost - What's the difference?

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In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between accost and cost

is that accost is (obsolete) to adjoin; to lie alongside while cost is (obsolete) a rib; a side.

As verbs the difference between accost and cost

is that accost is to approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request while cost is to incur a charge; to require payment of a price.

As nouns the difference between accost and cost

is that accost is (rare) address; greeting while cost is manner; way; means; available course; contrivance or cost can be amount of money, time, etc that is required or used or cost can be (obsolete) a rib; a side.




(en verb)
  • To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
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  • (obsolete) To join side to side; to border; hence, to sail along the coast or side of.
  • * So much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea. - Fuller
  • (obsolete) To approach; to come up to.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • To speak to first; to address; to greet.
  • * Milton
  • Him, Satan thus accosts .
  • * 1847 , , (Jane Eyre), Chapter XVIII
  • She approached the basin, and bent over it as if to fill her pitcher; she again lifted it to her head. The personage on the well-brink now seemed to accost her; to make some request—"She hasted, let down her pitcher on her hand, and gave him to drink."
  • (obsolete) To adjoin; to lie alongside.
  • * Spenser
  • the shores which to the sea accost
  • * Fuller
  • so much [of Lapland] as accosts the sea
  • To solicit sexually.
  • Derived terms

    * accostment


    (en noun)
  • (rare) Address; greeting.
  • Anagrams




    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) . Cognate with (etyl) (m), (etyl) dialectal . Related to (l).


    (en noun)
  • Manner; way; means; available course; contrivance.
  • at all costs (= "by all means")
  • Quality; condition; property; value; worth; a wont or habit; disposition; nature; kind; characteristic.
  • Derived terms
    * (l) * (l)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), (m), from , see below.


    (wikipedia cost) (en noun)
  • Amount of money, time, etc. that is required or used.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.}}
  • A negative consequence or loss that occurs or is required to occur.
  • Derived terms
    {{der3, appraisal cost , at cost , carbon cost , cost and freight , cost avoidance , cost-benefit , cost benefit analysis , cost center , cost control , cost cutting , cost-effective , cost-efficient , cost function , costless , costly , cost objective , cost of business, cost of doing business, cost of sales , cost of living , cost of money , cost overrun , cost per avalable seat mile , cost price , cost-push , design to cost , flotation cost , landed cost , low-cost , marginal cost , opportunity cost , private cost , sunk cost , unexpired cost , unit cost , variable cost}}

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), .


    See Usage notes.
  • To incur a charge; to require payment of a price.
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  • *:Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor;.
  • To cause something to be lost; to cause the expenditure or relinquishment of.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:though it cost me ten nights' watchings
  • (label) To require to be borne or suffered; to cause.
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:to do him wanton rites, which cost them woe
  • To calculate or estimate a price.
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  • Usage notes
    The past tense and past participle is cost'' in the sense of "this computer cost''' me £600", but ''costed'' in the sense of 'calculated', "the project was ' costed at $1 million."
    Derived terms
    * cost an arm and a leg * cost a pretty penny * cost the earth * how much does it cost

    Etymology 4


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A rib; a side.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • betwixt the costs of a ship
  • (heraldry) A cottise.
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