greet

verb (1)
\ ˈgrēt How to pronounce greet (audio) \
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

greet

verb (2)
grat\ ˈgrat How to pronounce greet (audio) \; grutten\ ˈgrə-​tᵊn How to pronounce greet (audio) \

Definition of greet (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from greet

Verb (1)

greeter noun

Examples of greet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Griffith was there to greet me, as was their mother. New York Times, 26 July 2022 Big, bright bouquets of fresh-cut blooms greet shoppers inside just about every major grocer, from Whole Foods to Kroger to innumerable New York City bodegas. Allison Morrow, CNN, 2 July 2022 The world is coming to Avondale Park, but the geese and the ugly ducks won’t be there to greet everyone. Joseph Goodman, al, 25 June 2022 Margittay and his late wife, Donna, were at a dock in Ludington to greet them. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2022 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Indianapolis to greet the arrival of the first shipment. Michael Conroy, Chron, 22 May 2022 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Indianapolis to greet the arrival of the first shipment. Michael Conroy, BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2022 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Indianapolis to greet the arrival of the first shipment in Indianapolis. Michael Conroy, Chicago Tribune, 22 May 2022 With two of the most important people in his life gone, Carlos has one remaining opportunity to greet his family as his full self. Kelly Wynne, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Griffith was there to greet me, as was their mother. New York Times, 26 July 2022 Margittay and his late wife, Donna, were at a dock in Ludington to greet them. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2022 The town’s acting Mayor Sergei Kulagin was there to greet them. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 When Forcia arrived at the monument an hour before the protest was scheduled to start, Captain Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol was there to greet him. Erin L. Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Feb. 2022 With two of the most important people in his life gone, Carlos has one remaining opportunity to greet his family as his full self. Kelly Wynne, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2022 And after a performance, there is a confusion about whether or not to greet the audience masked. New York Times, 27 July 2022 Francis doesn't formally meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau until midway through, in Quebec City, although Trudeau will greet him on the tarmac upon his arrival today. Arkansas Online, 24 July 2022 Francis doesn’t formally meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau until midway through, in Quebec City, although Trudeau will greet him on the tarmac upon his arrival Sunday. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 23 July 2022 See More

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

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Last Updated

14 Aug 2022

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“Greet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greet. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for greet

greet

verb
\ ˈgrēt How to pronounce greet (audio) \
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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