verb (1)
\ˈgrēt \
greeted; greeting; greets

Definition of greet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to address with expression of kind wishes upon meeting or arrival greeted guests at the door

2a : to meet or react to in a specified manner greeted him with boos

b : to occur as a response to apathy greeted the plan

3 : to appear to the perception of a surprising sight greeted her eyes


verb (2)
grat\ˈgrat \; grutten\ˈgrə-tᵊn \

Definition of greet (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from greet

Verb (1)

greeter noun

Examples of greet in a Sentence

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Perhaps the most important words of praise though came from Simon himself, who, once backstage, greeted Courtney and offered her the compliment of a lifetime. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Contestants Spill All the Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of the Show," 10 July 2018 At the tea dance, Cooke greeted people and made them feel welcome. Sharon Coolidge,, "Sunday afternoon dancing? Yep. This Cincinnati couple has revived LGBTQ tea dances.," 22 June 2018 Witness the president’s decision to turn up at Andrews Air Force Base at 2 a.m. tomorrow to personally greet the three American detainees that North Korea released today. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Following the Money in Trumpland Leads Ugly Places," 9 May 2018 Abdul Waheed Shaidayi, a middle-aged man wearing a red Kandahari cap climbs on the stage, greets everyone, and starts playing the harmonium. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 One of Michigan's oldest highway signs is back greeting visitors to Mackinaw City after getting a careful restoration. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Iconic, mid-century modern Michigan highway sign gets a face-lift," 27 June 2018 Schultz greets Carlos Mario Rodriguez, director of global agronomy at Starbucks, with a big smile and a familiar handshake. Justin Worland/alajuela, Time, "Your Morning Cup of Coffee Is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?," 21 June 2018 Though a freshman, he was greeted like an old friend. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Leave No Trace” and “Three Identical Strangers”," 21 June 2018 In the beginning, Lopez greets the camera in mostly sleek optic-white getups, including a Chrome Hearts leather bikini top paired with blue-tint aviator shades. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "19 Years Later, Jennifer Lopez’s “If You Had My Love” Music Video Is Still a Fashion Classic," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Trumps did not appear to bow and curtsy upon greeting the Queen. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Tea With Queen Elizabeth II and a Giant Baby Trump—a President's London Itinerary," 13 July 2018 The video shows the apartment manager walking over and greeting Holland by name. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD investigating officer involved in alleged profiling incident at swimming pool," 13 July 2018 Rooney made the rounds these past two weeks and was greeted with much fanfare across the region., "Digest (July 13): Wayne Rooney making D.C. United debut at new stadium," 13 July 2018 Trump was greeted at the palace by May, whose government has been rocked by resignations from ongoing tumult over Brexit. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, Fox News, "Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain," 13 July 2018 Trump was greeted at the palace by May, whose government has been rocked by resignations from ongoing tumult over Brexit. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin,, "Explosive Trump tabloid interview adds to chaos on 1st British visit," 13 July 2018 On his recent two-day royal visit to Dublin, Ireland, with Meghan Markle, the newlyweds spent more than 20 minutes greeting fans on their stop to Trinity College on Wednesday. Maura Hohman,, "See Prince Harry's Trick for Greeting an Entire Crowd of Fans at Once!," 12 July 2018 Then she was seen greeting another bishop with a superb handshake. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Tells Paparazzi "You're Not Coming" at Prince Louis' Christening," 10 July 2018 Kavanaugh is a favorite of the GOP legal establishment, and his arrival as President Donald Trump’s nominee was greeted on Capitol Hill with praise from Republicans and skepticism from Democrats. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Emotions high as Kavanaugh begins fight for confirmation," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of greet

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for greet

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

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\ˈgrēt \
greeted; greeting

Kids Definition of greet

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

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

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

Other Words from greet

greeter noun

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