Definition of aggress in US English:



[with object]
  • Attack or behave aggressively towards; initiate a conflict with.

    ‘he aggressed a flight attendant on an Air France flight’
    no object ‘you are to blame for aggressing against them because you made them feel threatened’
    • ‘For them, we're really 'the' competitor to beat and they don't think twice about aggressing us.’
    • ‘I just wanted to make sure that no one aggresses against my boys.’
    • ‘They do not have the right to use aggression against someone who is not aggressing against anyone else.’
    • ‘Teachers have been aggressed, with many taking to their heels following incidents with their students.’
    • ‘"The deputy ordered the suspect to stop the attack, drop the knife, at which time the suspect aggressed the deputy," he said.’
    • ‘My primary role is still to be there with the students when they get aggressed by the police.’
    • ‘In fairness, the pancakes were nice - but it's possible to get them all over Miami without being aggressed by a restaurant manager at 9am.’
    • ‘When someone, whether it is a family member, boss or other nation-state aggresses against us, it is important to recognize that feeling attacked can fuel our impulse to pass the pain on.’
    • ‘I have no intention of aggressing anyone.’
    • ‘Witnesses said that the order forces aggressed activists and bloggers who were on the spot.’
    assault, beat, beat up, batter, thrash, pound, pummel, assail, set upon, fall upon, set about, strike at, let fly at, tear into, lash out at
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘approach, march forward’): from French aggresser ‘to attack’, from Latin aggress-, from aggredi ‘to attack’ (see aggression).