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


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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Verb (1)

greeter noun

Examples of greet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The climate deal is more about those who are in it’ Climate advocates from other countries greeted yesterday’s news with a collective shrug. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "Trump Administration Officially Begins Paris Climate Accord Exit," 5 Nov. 2019 Thousands of craft beer fans will descend on Eastern Market to greet most of the state's top breweries, many of them pouring small-batch rarities. Steve Byrne,, "Detroit's Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend, including Fall Beer Fest, Luke Bryan," 23 Oct. 2019 Withservice over, James McDaniel, a deacon emeritus, greeted me, an unfamiliar face in the rear of the church. USA Today, "Slaves had a harrowing journey to America. We tell it in augmented reality.," 17 Oct. 2019 Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon’s sunny and mild Mediterranean climate means you'll be greeted with near-perfect weather in the fall (average temps range from the mid-60s to 70s). Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Places to Visit in Europe in October for Stunning Fall Foliage," 4 Oct. 2019 When Sir Andrew Wiles solved the problem, he was greeted with international acclaim and later won several prestigious mathematics awards for the effort. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What If All Published Math Is ... Wrong?," 27 Sep. 2019 Several federal agencies, now led by Trump appointees, have greeted the new plan more warmly. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "How a salmon scientist got hooked into a battle over the world’s largest gold mine," 26 Sep. 2019 After arriving on a commercial flight from London, the Sussexes (minus Archie) arrived for their first official event in the Nuyanga township, where they were greeted with music, dancing, and adorable children. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Tour of Southern Africa—See All the Best Moments," 25 Sep. 2019 Falwell's assertions of theft seem unlikely to be greeted with a strong response from the FBI, according to an expert the AP spoke with. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Forwarding email is a crime, Jerry Falwell Jr. says after leaks to media," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During his first Citizenship Day speech on Sept. 17, 1952, President Truman warmly greeted the immigrants attending the annual meeting of the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, D.C. S. Deborah Kang, Time, "The History of Citizenship Day Is a Reminder That Being an American Has Always Been Complicated," 17 Sep. 2019 The store’s 10 employees greet their regular customers by name, carry groceries to their cars, and make home deliveries if someone’s sick., "Every grocer knows his expiration dates, and Marc Najarian is no exception. So the septuagenarian and his brother Crosby were busy consoling longtime customers as news spread that their family-owned market in the Huron Village neighborhood of Cambridge would be closing this weekend.," 13 Sep. 2019 In addition to the human hires, the department also greeted a new K-9 officer named Mike, a 3-year-old Dutch shepherd, to its ranks. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale police add more to their ranks with promotion and swearing-in ceremony," 13 Sep. 2019 Slightly different circumstances will greet Alabama on its return to Williams-Brice. Michael Casagrande |, al, "The day South Carolina stunned Alabama and set the state ‘on fire’," 10 Sep. 2019 Hart will then introduce Bennet at the convention Saturday afternoon and the two will then greet voters afterwards. Amanda Golden, NBC News, "Gary Hart to endorse Michael Bennet ahead of New Hampshire convention," 6 Sep. 2019 That February night in 2016, son Saël, then 7, greeted guests, looking like a little prince fit for a future role in Wakanda — or Washington. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "The latest album from Denver singer-songwriter Such is a sultry soul journey," 17 Aug. 2019 Meghan excitedly puts her hand to her face as the women come up the stairs to be greeted by the royal with a hug. Stephanie Petit,, "Meghan Markle Announces End of Maternity Leave with Her First Official Post-Baby Engagement!," 4 Sep. 2019 The surprise move was greeted with dismay and anger in the camps, and beyond. The Economist, "Bangladesh bans mobile phones for 1m Rohingya refugees," 4 Sep. 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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\ 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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