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)

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Other Words from greet

Verb (1)

greeter noun

Examples of greet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ushers can help greet everyone into the parish community, and choirs, oral responses, collection of envelopes and sharing of bulletins will resume. Tatyana Turner, chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2021 At D’Arrigo, which grows Andy Boy brand broccoli, broccoli rabe, cauliflower, fennel and romaine hearts, bus drivers now wait to greet workers, asking questions about workers’ health while spraying their hands with sanitizer and taking temperatures. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 Those elements include access to natural light and air, as well as opportunities for casual encounters with our neighbors, Mr. Chen said, who imagines residents at 98 Front might greet each other from their terraces. New York Times, 4 June 2021 The rain date is Sunday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet and greet local authors, enjoy live music, and have a bite to eat. courant.com, 28 May 2021 Already several weeks into the new partnership with the Boca Helping Hands organization, Daniels and the others who greet drivers each Wednesday afternoon in the church’s parking lot on Seacrest Boulevard are becoming more familiar with the process. Rick Menning, sun-sentinel.com, 21 May 2021 On Howard and Valerie Scott's 80-foot Burger motor yacht, Capricho, cocktails are the first order of business; grapefruit-rosemary mimosas greet guests at the top of the ladder. Rebecca Lang, Southern Living, 14 May 2021 On Sunday, creative director Virginie Viard put a new spin on the concept by filming the cruise collection in Les-Baux-de-Provence in the Alpilles mountains, a beguilingly craggy region where vestiges of the Roman empire greet the eye at every turn. Tina Isaac-goizé, Vogue, 4 May 2021 Volunteers are welcome to help greet guests and direct traffic. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Hokule’a finally made landfall in Tahiti, thousands of people had gathered on shore to greet the canoe, and the occasion was declared an islandwide celebration. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 When Hokule’a finally made landfall in Tahiti, thousands of people had gathered on shore to greet the canoe, and the occasion was declared an island-wide celebration. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Several supporters gathered to greet the president’s motorcade, ABC Television affiliate WSYX reported, noting that the crowd had roughly doubled in size by the time Biden was leaving. Fox News, 24 Mar. 2021 The governor tested positive over the summer while waiting to greet President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport. cleveland, 21 Jan. 2021 Parents of the Ducks football team gathered there to greet their sons after a tough loss that capped a difficult season for many. oregonlive, 3 Jan. 2021 Raw, rainy weather added to the gloomy atmosphere, as dozens of people gathered in the central Manger Square to greet Latin Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa. Arkansas Online, 24 Dec. 2020 Raw, rainy weather added to the gloomy atmosphere, as dozens of people gathered in the central Manger Square to greet Latin Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa. chicagotribune.com, 24 Dec. 2020 Dozens of doctors and nurses gathered outside to greet him. Star Tribune, 2 Oct. 2020

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Greet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greet. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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