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verb \ˈmēt\

Simple Definition of meet

  • : to see and speak to (someone) for the first time : to be introduced to or become acquainted with (someone)

  • : to come together in order to talk : to go to a place to be with someone else

  • : to come together formally : to have a meeting : to come together for a discussion

Full Definition of meet

met play \ˈmet\ meet·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to come into the presence of :  find b :  to come together with especially at a particular time or place <I'll meet you at the station> c :  to come into contact or conjunction with :  join d :  to appear to the perception of

  3. 2 :  to encounter as antagonist or foe :  oppose

  4. 3 :  to enter into conference, argument, or personal dealings with

  5. 4 :  to conform to especially with exactitude and precision <a concept to meet all requirements>

  6. 5 :  to pay fully :  settle

  7. 6 :  to cope with <was able to meet every social situation>

  8. 7 :  to provide for <enough money to meet our needs>

  9. 8 :  to become acquainted with

  10. 9 :  encounter, experience

  11. 10 :  to receive or greet in an official capacity

  12. intransitive verb
  13. 1 a :  to come face-to-face b :  to come together for a common purpose :  assemble c :  to come together as contestants, opponents, or enemies

  14. 2 :  to form a junction or confluence <the lines meet in a point>

  15. 3 :  to occur together

meet·er noun
meet halfway
  1. :  to compromise with

meet with
  1. :  to be subjected to :  encounter <the proposal met with opposition>

Examples of meet

  1. He met his wife at work.

  2. We met each other in college.

  3. Did you meet anyone interesting at the party?

  4. I'd like you to meet my good friend Bob.

  5. The couple met at a dance.

  6. Have we met? You look familiar.

  7. They met for drinks after work.

  8. We arranged to meet for lunch.

  9. Let's meet at the park.

  10. They meet together every week.

Origin of meet

Middle English meten, from Old English mētan; akin to Old English gemōt assembly — more at moot

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of meet

  • : a large gathering of athletes for a sports competition

  • : an event or occasion when people come together to hunt foxes

Full Definition of meet

  1. 1 :  the act of assembling for a hunt or for competitive sports

  2. 2 :  a competition in which individuals match skills




Definition of meet

  1. :  precisely adapted to a particular situation, need, or circumstance :  very proper

meet·ly adverb

Examples of meet

  1. <in this case, splitting the winnings of the contested lottery ticket seems like a meet solution>

Origin of meet

Middle English mete, from Old English gemǣte; akin to Old English metan to mete

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of meet

fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action <fit for battle>. suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands <clothes suitable for camping>. meet suggests a just proportioning <meet payment>. proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom <proper acknowledgement>. appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness <an appropriate gift>. fitting implies harmony of mood or tone <a fitting end>. apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination <apt quotations>. happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate <a happy choice of words>. felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful <a felicitous phrase>.

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