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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dozens of supporters and a few protesters braved the intense heat — and spiking COVID-19 cases — to greet Air Force One. Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic, "Trump talks border security in Yuma with Ducey, McSally, visits wall," 23 June 2020 If the liberal, pro-European Mr Trzaskowski beats Mr Duda, his supporters will surely greet it as the beginning of the end of PiS rule. The Economist, "Playing the family card Gay ideology is worse than communism, says Poland’s president," 20 June 2020 Do not greet people with hugs, handshakes or elbow bumps. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'There’s no such thing as safe': How to lessen the risk of summer activities amid COVID-19," 19 June 2020 The boys’ new families waited at the airport to greet them, along with Upton and previously adopted Romanian children—a small crowd holding balloons and signs, cheering and waving. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 Fauci spoke just days before Trump is expected to greet a large crowd in Tulsa in an indoor arena that can fit about 20,000 people during a Saturday rally. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "'Of Course Not.' Fauci Says He Wouldn't Attend Trump's Oklahoma Rally Amid Pandemic," 17 June 2020 In the moments before the arguments began, Solicitor General Wade McCree appeared to briefly greet Sloan and to exchange a few words with Harvey Pitt, who had argued an unrelated case before the Court three months earlier. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "When Mr. Sloan Went to Washington," 11 June 2020 And some may never greet people with hugs or handshakes again. BostonGlobe.com, "When 511 epidemiologists expect to fly, hug, and do 18 other everyday activities again," 8 June 2020 The crowds from the intersection rushed to greet the marchers. Max Gersh, The Courier-Journal, "The story behind powerful photo of a cop shaking hands with a Louisville protester," 8 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Vice President Mike Pence makes his trip to Lordstown on Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine won’t be there to greet him. cleveland, "Mike DeWine won’t join Mike Pence in Lordstown, didn’t ask VP to wear mask during Thursday visit," 23 June 2020 Dozens of supporters and a few protesters braved the intense heat — and spiking COVID-19 cases — to greet Air Force One. Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic, "Trump talks border security in Yuma with Ducey, McSally, visits wall," 23 June 2020 If the liberal, pro-European Mr Trzaskowski beats Mr Duda, his supporters will surely greet it as the beginning of the end of PiS rule. The Economist, "Playing the family card Gay ideology is worse than communism, says Poland’s president," 20 June 2020 Do not greet people with hugs, handshakes or elbow bumps. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'There’s no such thing as safe': How to lessen the risk of summer activities amid COVID-19," 19 June 2020 The boys’ new families waited at the airport to greet them, along with Upton and previously adopted Romanian children—a small crowd holding balloons and signs, cheering and waving. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 Fauci spoke just days before Trump is expected to greet a large crowd in Tulsa in an indoor arena that can fit about 20,000 people during a Saturday rally. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "'Of Course Not.' Fauci Says He Wouldn't Attend Trump's Oklahoma Rally Amid Pandemic," 17 June 2020 In the moments before the arguments began, Solicitor General Wade McCree appeared to briefly greet Sloan and to exchange a few words with Harvey Pitt, who had argued an unrelated case before the Court three months earlier. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "When Mr. Sloan Went to Washington," 11 June 2020 And some may never greet people with hugs or handshakes again. BostonGlobe.com, "When 511 epidemiologists expect to fly, hug, and do 18 other everyday activities again," 8 June 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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26 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Greet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greet. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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