Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary


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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of meet


play \ˈmet\


  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 halfway

  1. :  to compromise with

meet with

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

Examples of meet in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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



Examples of meet in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology 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>.

MEET Defined for Kids



verb \ˈmēt\

Definition of meet for Students




  1. 1 :  to get to know :  become acquainted <They met at a party.>

  2. 2 :  to come upon or across <He met a friend while shopping.>

  3. 3 :  to be at a place to greet or keep an appointment <Please meet me at the airport.> <We met in the park for lunch.>

  4. 4 :  to approach from the opposite direction <When you meet another car, keep to the right.>

  5. 5 :  to touch and join or cross <The town is located where two rivers meet.>

  6. 6 :  to experience something <Poor Sarah met an awful fate … — Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends>

  7. 7 :  to hold a gathering or assembly <The club meets on Mondays.>

  8. 8 :  to be sensed by <What lovely sounds meet the ears!>

  9. 9 :  to deal with <You must meet problems as they appear.>

  10. 10 :  to fulfill the requirements of :  satisfy <I will be unable to meet your demands.>




Definition of meet for Students

  1. :  a meeting for sports competition <a track meet>

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up meet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a simplified speech bridging languages

Get Word of the Day daily email!


Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!


Which is a synonym of indolent?

philistine frenetic lazy melancholy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.