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 grat (audio) \; grutten\ ˈgrə-​tᵊn How to pronounce grutten (audio) \

Definition of greet (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from greet

Verb (1)

greeter noun

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Brie Larson and Rami Malek chatted at the end of the red carpet; Gayle King waltzed by before being greeted by admirers at every possible turn. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "See Taylor Swift and All the Celebrities Who Attended the Time 100 Gala," 24 Apr. 2019 Can Be Deceiving at the Brooklyn Museum, visitors are greeted by a floor-to-ceiling video clip of the artist staring into the camera. Lillian Dondero, ELLE Decor, "Fashionably Late: An Editor's Take on the Frida Kahlo Exhibit in Brooklyn," 27 Mar. 2019 Cartel members drove him into Mexico City, where he was greeted by a motorcade of police officers who had been bribed to escort him safely into hiding. Katie Honan, WSJ, "U.S. Jury Convicts Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ After Three-Month Trial," 12 Feb. 2019 In it, Meredith goes to visit her dying father, Thatcher, and is greeted by a caretaker. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch the Most Emotional 'Grey’s Anatomy' Scene So Far in Season 15," 31 Jan. 2019 Volunteers with the Catholic Charities center in McAllen, just a couple of blocks away from the bus station, are at the station to greet and help the immigrants dropped off by Border Patrol. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Volunteers flock to help immigrant children: 'There is love out there'," 25 June 2018 The first thing greeting visitors to Jacey Prupas and Patrick Leverty’s Reno home is a jewel box. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "What It Takes to Create a Mountain Home That's Bright, Light and Modern," 17 Apr. 2019 The official account for Clarence House, which is Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's royal residence, also posted an image of Harry and Meghan greeting fans. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William, Kate Middleton, and More Royals Welcome Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to Instagram," 2 Apr. 2019 Trump was buoyant all weekend because the investigation was over, golfing with Kid Rock and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., greeting donors and supporters at a political dinner and hanging out with friends on the Mar-a-Lago patio. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "‘No collusion!’ goes from defiant mantra to re-election rallying cry for Trump," 24 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kate's duties included washing the decks, loading massively heavy catering boxes, packing away the sails at the end of the day, and, sometimes greeting guests and giving safety demonstrations. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Coworkers Once Humiliated Her With a Prank at Work," 24 Mar. 2019 Jacques and Gabriella were greeting the crowd on a balcony, and had brought a couple toys to keep them occupied. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Monaco's Princess Charlene Shares a Sweet Back-to-School Photo of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques," 7 Jan. 2019 After the horror show was over, the Stranger Things gang returned to their normal lives of being incredibly famous and greeted eager fans who were waiting for them at the finish line. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Stranger Things Cast Visits Real-Life Upside Down at Universal Studios," 25 Sep. 2018 Around the horn Orioles reliever Mychal Givens will sign autographs and greet fans Friday at Westfield Annapolis Mall from 11 a.m. to noon. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Cashner heads to DL with neck strain, receives injection; Ramírez called up," 11 July 2018 Meghan, 36, is becoming a royal pro at having fun while greeting fans at rope lines, having participated in multiple walkabouts since her engagement to Harry was announced in November 2017. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry sample Dublin's charms in Ireland visit," 11 July 2018 Right now, the website, which hasn’t fully launched yet, greets visitors with a style question accompanied by a photo and/or video with a person giving advice in the full outfit that they’d recommend to the person asking the question. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "H&M Is Launching an Advice Forum to Help You Figure Out What to Wear," 4 Apr. 2019 Resort guests can usually find Pono greeting visitors in the lobby or hanging out with the horses at the horseback-riding facility, and those who want more individual pup-time can even go hiking with him! Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "Dog Lovers, This Hawaiian Resort's Canine Ambassador Awaits You," 3 Apr. 2019 The official account for Clarence House, which is Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's royal residence, also posted an image of Harry and Meghan greeting fans. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William, Kate Middleton, and More Royals Welcome Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to Instagram," 2 Apr. 2019

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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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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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