verb (1)
\ˈgrēt \
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


verb (2)
grat\ˈgrat \; grutten\ˈgrə-​tᵊn \

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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Guests gathered on the Deco-feel rooftop of the Hotel Californian, greeted with an idyllic 360-degree view and a mariachi band. Vogue, "California Dreamers: Hayley Bloomingdale’s Stylish Santa Barbara Wedding," 26 Nov. 2018 Feeling enraged and betrayed as well as grief-stricken, Manuel speeds to Galicia and is greeted there with cold contempt by Álvaro’s aristocratic family. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Peril Comes to Paradise," 18 Oct. 2018 On that day, more than 250 black men dressed to the nines greeted arriving students with high-fives. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Trying to make good on someone else’s promise: new group helps 10 Seattle kids pay for college," 16 Sep. 2018 Kids at Corpus Christi Elementary in Oakland, California, were greeted with devastating news Tuesday morning: a former student, Mollie Tibbetts, had been found dead in a field surrounded by corn stalks. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Mollie Tibbetts' murder devastates old friends: 'It’s not the ending we all hoped for'," 21 Aug. 2018 And, of course, there was this year’s visit by Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s emissary to Silicon Valley, who was greeted with glitz and glam at America’s most prominent corporations. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight," 13 Aug. 2018 If bodycams promise that a police officer’s account of an event can now be compared to video footage of what happened, why is future drone footage not greeted with the same evidentiary enthusiasm? Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles," 8 June 2018 Israel Alemayehu run the show; both newcomers and regulars are oft greeted with hugs. Shakirah Simley, Bon Appetit, "The Harlem of the West: What’s to Become of The Fillmore?," 6 June 2018 After nearly a decade of debate, the South African government has issued a new intellectual property policy that was greeted with enthusiasm by patient advocates, who maintained the directive will greatly widen access to medicines. Ed Silverman, STAT, "South Africa suggests overhauling patent policies to widen access to medicines," 31 May 2018

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The 21-year-old makeup mogul was in Houston, Texas for an appearance at Ulta Beauty, greeting fans wearing a hot pink double-breasted suit made of silk. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Showed Up to Work as "Business Barbie” and It’s a Mood," 20 Nov. 2018 Enter this mahogany speedboat, which Gaga sat on like the Queen greeting commoners during Trooping of the Colour. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here's Lady Gaga Living Her Best Life on a Boat for Your Viewing Pleasure," 30 Aug. 2018 Two Miami people can make more noise greeting each other in an elevator than the entire city of Des Moines makes on New Year’s Eve. Dave Barry, miamiherald, "Dave Barry: On Father's Day, don't forget the soccer dads — or their 'warrior' daughters," 14 June 2018 As the little girl showed off her beautiful sundress, the pregnant Duchess looked elated to be greeted by such a cute well-wisher. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Met the Sweetest Little Girl on the Final Day of the Royal Tour," 31 Oct. 2018 This is because my only experience of horses involves leaving them at high speed to be greeted by an unyielding turf. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Horses may understand human emotion, especially anger," 6 Sep. 2018 The cast of 'Supergirl' appeared at San Diego Comic-Con to greet fans, answer burning questions, and (drumroll) introduce their newest member of the fam. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, ""Supergirl" Will Feature TV's First Transgender Superhero!," 23 July 2018 When UConn Hartford opened last year, Stegosaurus was there to greet the new students across the street. Susan Dunne,, "The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained," 9 July 2018 This longtime haunt is the place to truly lose yourself in the crowd of bodies looking to greet the rising sun. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "11 top gay bars in Phoenix, Scottsdale," 18 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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\ˈgrēt \
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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