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 President Trump is greeted at the Alabama/LSU game with cheering and USA chants. Paul Gattis |, al, "Trump loudly cheered at Alabama vs LSU game," 9 Nov. 2019 Eight or nine seasonal floral displays greet visitors each year, and some 300 to 500 plants are in the courtyard at any given time — driven into Boston from a greenhouse in Hingham., "Mr. Kozak, who joined the museum’s staff 50 years ago as a teenager and had been the Gardner’s top gardener for nearly three decades, died of cancer Sunday. He was 67 and had lived most recently in Stoughton, after formerly living in Westwood.," 8 Nov. 2019 That trait was greeted with animosity from many of her male contemporaries, who disparaged her readiness to share her work as unwomanly and approached her soaringly emotive poetry with suspicion. Talya Zax, The Atlantic, "The 19th-Century Feminist Novel Pushed Out of the Russian Canon," 5 Nov. 2019 Ötzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy, greets visitors at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, where his remains tell the fascinating story of an ancient murder in the mountains. Alexander Pohl, National Geographic, "Undertourism in Italy: Here are 5 alternatives to Venice," 4 Nov. 2019 When going to Google’s landing page, wavy orange letters and a witchy owl greet visitors to the search engine. Patrick Connolly,, "Happy Halloween! Google has an interactive ‘doodle’ with creature-based tricks and treats," 30 Oct. 2019 Since 1941 a bronze statue of Seabiscuit has greeted visitors to Santa Anita. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "34 Horses Have Died at Santa Anita Racetrack Since December. What's Happened?," 27 Oct. 2019 Megan Jakubowski, proprietor of the Old Wethersfield Country Store, greets customers with the smile of someone who has unexpectedly stumbled upon her calling in life. Rand Richards Cooper,, "In Our Midst: Slow shopping at the Old Wethersfield Country Store," 18 Oct. 2019 Long Live Fortnite This past weekend, Fortnite players were greeted with a remarkable, bizarre sight. Wired, "Riot Games Makes More Than Just League of Legends Now," 18 Oct. 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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The first known use of greet was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for greet


\ 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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