greet

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verb (1)

greeted; greeting; greets

transitive verb

1
: to address with expression of kind wishes upon meeting or arrival
greeted guests at the door
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
3
: to appear to the perception of
a surprising sight greeted her eyes
greeter noun

greet

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verb (2)

grat ˈgrat How to pronounce greet (audio) ; grutten ˈgrə-tᵊn How to pronounce greet (audio)

Examples of greet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
She was greeted by former Best Actress winner Sissy Spacek, who congratulated her on her Best Supporting Actress nomination. Topher Gauk-Roger, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Even before my plane takes off from JFK airport in New York, signs are everywhere — I’m greeted by no less than 10 pieces of apparel referencing a potential appearance at the game from mega pop star Taylor Swift. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 He was pictured being greeted by Reverend Canon Dr. Paul Williams. Tara Law, TIME, 11 Feb. 2024 Entering a small gray office, she was greeted by four court employees, who read her petition and told her that the next step would be to file it with the clerk on the first floor. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 Attendees were greeted by a captivating wall activation featuring light-up Tres Generaciones letters, creating a perfect backdrop for memorable photos. Walaa Elsiddig, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2024 Swift’s father, Scott Swift, greeted fans and handed out guitar picks before the show. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 7 Feb. 2024 Diners are greeted by a poster of the elder Mr. Gujral that identifies him as the inventor of tandoori chicken, butter chicken and dal makhani. Suhasini Raj Anindito Mukherjee, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 On the day of the ceremony, guests arrived at the ranch and were greeted with drinks before the beginning of the Baraat parade. Shelby Wax, Vogue, 5 Feb. 2024
Verb
Police and sniffer dogs had made their search, and now senior clergy lined up in scarlet cassocks, a welcoming party, while the dean, also in red, stood outside the western entrance to greet his guest. Peter Ross, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 There will be a chance for people to greet the team upon its arrival at campus Tuesday afternoon, tentatively around 3:15 p.m. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2023 Before leaving the hospital grounds, Francis got out of the white Fiat 500 that would take him to the Vatican to thank journalists for their work and to greet well-wishers, who cheered and waved hello. Gaia Pianigiani, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2023 According to the Christian Gospels, people lined the streets to greet him, waving palm branches and shouting words of praise. Joanne M. Pierce, The Conversation, 31 Mar. 2023 Behind each, celebrities like Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Candace Cameron Bure, Danica McKellar and Dave Coulier would later sit patiently, waiting to greet the crowds. Madeleine Aggeler, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2023 Diplo, seated next to musician Orville Peck, poured himself a glass of wine before former Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott stopped by to greet him. Pamela Avila, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2023 Meanwhile, Brazilian authorities said security would be stepped up and have urged his supporters not to greet the former leader at the airport in Brasilia on Thursday morning. Julia Vargas Jones, CNN, 30 Mar. 2023 Normally a quiet walk, people have streamed out of houses the past couple of weeks to greet and congratulate them. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of greet was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Greet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greet. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

greet

verb
ˈgrēt
1
: to address upon arrival or meeting with expressions of kind wishes
greeted guests at the door
2
: to meet or react to in a specified manner
greeted with cheers
3
: to appear or present itself to
a surprising sight greeted her eyes
greeter noun

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