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

Examples of greet in a Sentence

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Rarely are the places and the minds that need changing going to greet that change with open arms. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Put this Serena Williams quote on all the motivational posters. The world needs to hear it.," 10 July 2019 As the song came to a close, Mendes took to the crowd, running alongside the front row to greet fans. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes Gives Earth-Shaking Performance at Los Angeles Concert," 6 July 2019 Morgan also suggested that female athletes are expected to greet their triumphs demurely, diffidently, in a way that would not be expected of men. Rory Smith, New York Times, "With No Argument on Substance, Critics Take Aim at U.S.’s Style," 6 July 2019 Then focus on creating seating assignments for the reception that facilitate your ability to greet every group of relatives separately and equally — without the fuss of having to play a very un-relaxing game of interference. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Baby shower? Invite the men, forget the disgusting snacks," 6 July 2019 Prince William surprised the crowd by coming out of Kensington Palace to greet all of those who'd been honoring his late mother's birthday. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Surprises Fans Honoring Princess Diana's Birthday Outside Kensington Palace," 3 July 2019 On Monday, Green flew to El Salvador again - this time to greet the Escobar family and accompany them to Houston. CBS News, "Dad deported to El Salvador allowed to return to U.S., two years later," 2 July 2019 Blossomgame was often the first one to greet guy at midcourt during timeouts. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "John Beilein still getting used to NBA and other observations from Cleveland Cavaliers summer league," 2 July 2019 The royal went outside Kensington Palace to greet a group of fans gathered beyond the gates, who'd been holding a vigil since 5:30 a.m. that morning in Diana's honor. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Prince William Each Honor Princess Diana's 58th Birthday in Their Own Way," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rarely are the places and the minds that need changing going to greet that change with open arms. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Put this Serena Williams quote on all the motivational posters. The world needs to hear it.," 10 July 2019 Thousands of supporters lined the parade route, and then hundreds more greeted the players at City Hall for a ceremony hosted by New York mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray. Pardeep Cattry, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT star Megan Rapinoe endorses U.S. Soccer president, urges all to ‘be better’ during World Cup ceremony," 10 July 2019 Instead of celebrating Love for her reinvention, her second act was always questioned, picked apart, and greeted with distrust. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 As the song came to a close, Mendes took to the crowd, running alongside the front row to greet fans. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes Gives Earth-Shaking Performance at Los Angeles Concert," 6 July 2019 Morgan also suggested that female athletes are expected to greet their triumphs demurely, diffidently, in a way that would not be expected of men. Rory Smith, New York Times, "With No Argument on Substance, Critics Take Aim at U.S.’s Style," 6 July 2019 The Seafair Pirates storm Alki Beach in West Seattle once again, greeting spectators young and old. Rebekah Welch, The Seattle Times, "Land ahoy! Seafair Pirates make a splash on Alki.," 6 July 2019 Then focus on creating seating assignments for the reception that facilitate your ability to greet every group of relatives separately and equally — without the fuss of having to play a very un-relaxing game of interference. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Baby shower? Invite the men, forget the disgusting snacks," 6 July 2019 Murphy, wearing a yellow dress and crown, greeted partygoers from her wheelchair at the celebration hosted by the African American Caucus of 1199SEIU, a union of healthcare workers. Scottie Andrew And Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "Happy birthday, Alelia Murphy! The oldest woman in the United States turns 114," 6 July 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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