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encounter

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verb en·coun·ter \in-ˈkau̇n-tər, en-\

Simple Definition of encounter

  • : to have or experience (problems, difficulties, etc.)

  • : to meet (someone) without expecting or intending to

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of encounter

encountered

encountering

play \-ˈkau̇n-t(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to meet as an adversary or enemy b :  to engage in conflict with

  3. 2 :  to come upon face-to-face

  4. 3 :  to come upon or experience especially unexpectedly <encounter difficulties>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to meet especially by chance

Examples of encounter in a sentence

  1. We encountered problems early in the project.

  2. The pilot told us that we might encounter turbulence during the flight.

  3. Her suggestion has encountered a lot of opposition.



Origin and Etymology of encounter

Middle English encountren, from Anglo-French encuntrer, from Medieval Latin incontrare, from Late Latin incontra toward, from Latin in- + contra against — more at counter


First Known Use: 14th century


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encounter

noun en·coun·ter

Simple Definition of encounter

  • : a meeting that is not planned or expected

  • : a usually brief experience with another person

  • : a violent or very unfriendly meeting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of encounter

  1. 1 :  a meeting between hostile factions or persons :  a sudden often violent clash <an encounter between the police and demonstrators>

  2. 2 a :  a chance meeting <an accidental encounter> b :  a particular kind of meeting or experience with another person <a romantic encounter>

  3. 3 :  a coming into the vicinity of a celestial body <the Martian encounter of a spacecraft>

Examples of encounter in a sentence

  1. a chance encounter with a famous writer

  2. He's accused of having had sexual encounters with several young women.

  3. There was a violent encounter between fans of the opposing teams.

  4. It was her first encounter with cigarettes.



14th Century

First Known Use of encounter

14th century



ENCOUNTER Defined for Kids

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encounter

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verb en·coun·ter \in-ˈkau̇n-tər\

Definition of encounter for Students

encountered

encountering

  1. 1 :  to meet face-to-face or by chance <I encountered an old friend.>

  2. 2 :  to experience or face often unexpectedly <Have you encountered any difficulty?>




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encounter

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noun en·coun·ter

Definition of encounter for Students

  1. 1 :  a meeting face-to-face and often by chance

  2. 2 :  an often unexpected experience <It was his first encounter with fame.>





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