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greet

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verb \ˈgrēt\

Definition of greet

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to address with expression of kind wishes upon meeting or arrival <greeted guests at the door>

  3. 2 a :  to meet or react to in a specified manner <greeted him with boos> b :  to occur as a response to <apathy greeted the plan>

  4. 3 :  to appear to the perception of <a surprising sight greeted her eyes>

greet·er noun


Origin of greet

Middle English greten, from Old English grētan; akin to Old English grǣtan to weep


First Known Use: before 12th century


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greet

verb

Definition of greet

grat play \ˈgrat\ grut·ten play \ˈgrə-tən\

Scottish

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  weep, lament



Origin of greet

Middle English greten, from Old English grǣtan; akin to Old Norse grāta to weep


First Known Use: before 12th century



GREET Defined for Kids

greet

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verb \ˈgrēt\

Definition of greet

greet·edgreet·ing

  1. 1 :  to speak to in a friendly polite way upon arrival :  welcome

  2. 2 :  to respond to in a certain way <Audience members greeted the speech with boos.>

  3. 3 :  to present itself to <A pretty scene greeted them.>

greet·er noun



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