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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After being greeted upon their arrival, the duchess said hello to a few well-wishers gathered on-site. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Stuns in a Red Carolina Herrera Coat for a Surprise Trip to Ireland with Prince William," 27 Feb. 2019 Chevel even hosted a meet-and-greet at her town's local Chick-Fil-A—like a true country girl! Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "What to Know About 'The Voice' Finalist Chevel Shepherd Before Voting for Her Tonight," 17 Dec. 2018 Bono, after warmly greeting Campbell with a kiss on the hand, took the stage. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Bono, Naomi Campbell, and More Team Up at Miami Art Basel to Fight AIDS," 6 Dec. 2018 Once at the summit venue, Mr. Trump seemed too distracted to notice that he was supposed to stop for a group photo after greeting Argentine President Mauricio Macri. Alex Leary, WSJ, "Distractions From Near and Far Colored the Group of 20 Talks," 2 Dec. 2018 After greeting the Prime Minister outside the Museum, the Duke and Duchess quickly followed her inside. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Recycles a Navy Dress For Her Final Formal Occasion on the Royal Tour," 30 Oct. 2018 After disembarking and being greeted by Walsh Thursday morning, the campers quickly spread out, enjoying various camp activities. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "At harbor island camp, teens train to be civic leaders," 13 July 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 Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, who greet visitors at either end of Toy Story Land, are original characters who were created for the Toy Story movies. Marjie Lambert, miamiherald, "Who are the real brains behind Disney's Toy Story Land? Not Buzz Lightyear," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Racks upon racks of discount merchandise greet you at the door of any thrift store, begging you to peruse and find some special gem that's just your size, style, and price point. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "How to Find the Best Stuff at Thrift Stores," 21 Feb. 2019 Gisele gave her man a smooch and his children greeted him with a big hug. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gisele Bündchen's Reaction to Tom Brady's Super Bowl Win Was Priceless," 4 Feb. 2019 My 16-year-old self flashed through my mind and greeted me with a tape measure wrapped around her body. Sophie Gray, SELF, "My Need for Acceptance Made Me Instagram Famous—Then Sent Me Into a Panic Spiral," 16 July 2018 Ahead of his return, police swept through Lahore, arresting scores of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party workers to prevent them from greeting him at the airport. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 Ahead of his return, police swept through Lahore, arresting scores of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party workers to prevent them from greeting him at the airport. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, chicagotribune.com, "74 dead in election violence in Pakistan," 13 July 2018 Ahead of his return, police swept through Lahore, arresting scores of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League party workers to prevent them from greeting him at the airport. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, USA TODAY, "At least 74 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 13 July 2018 Before his return, police swept through Lahore, arresting scores of Pakistan Muslim League party workers to prevent them from greeting him at the airport. Zaheer Babar, BostonGlobe.com, "132 people die in election violence ahead of Sharif’s return," 13 July 2018 What had happened to all the wonderful jokes and character development that Drury had greeted us with? Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "With “Fairview,” Jackie Sibblies Drury Breaks the Fourth Wall," 24 June 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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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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