Synonyms and Antonyms of encounter
1 to come upon face-to-face or as if face-to-face <quite unexpectedly encountered our next-door neighbor while vacationing in Europe> Synonyms catch, chance (upon), meet, happen (upon), stumble (upon)Related Words accost, confront; face, greet, salute; collide (with), crash (into); crisscross, cross, pass; hit (upon), light (upon), tumble (to); reencounter, remeetNear Antonyms avoid, dodge, duck, elude, escape, evade, shake, shun
2 to come upon unexpectedly or by chance <we encountered a host of unforeseen problems during the restoration of our 200-year-old house> Synonyms chance (upon), happen, find, hit (upon), light (on or upon), meet, pitch (upon), stumble (on or onto), tumble (upon)Related Words luck (out, on, onto, or into); confront, face; discover, strike, turn up
3 to enter into contest or conflict with <the troops encountered bands of guerrilla fighters as they made their way across the desert> Synonyms battle, engage, face, meet, take onRelated Words emulate, rival; contend, fight, opposeNear Antonyms elude, escape, evade; retreat
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