\ˈmēt \
met\ˈmet \; meeting

Definition of meet 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to come into the presence of : find met him as a stranger on a plane

b : to come together with especially at a particular time or place I'll meet you at the station

c : to come into contact or conjunction with : join There is where the brook meets the river.

d : to appear to the perception of a pungent odor … met his nostrils— S. E. White

2 : to encounter as antagonist (see antagonist sense 1) or foe : oppose met the heavyweight in a successful bout

3 : to enter into conference, argument, or personal dealings with

4 : to conform to especially with exactitude and precision a concept to meet all requirements

5 : to pay fully : settle could not meet his loans— Waldo Frank

6 : to cope with was able to meet every social situation

7 : to provide for enough money to meet our needs

8 : to become acquainted with I want you to meet my sister.

10 : to receive or greet in an official capacity The president met the prime minister at the White House.

intransitive verb

1a : to come face-to-face That's the restaurant where they met.

b : to come together for a common purpose : assemble The delegates met at the convention.

c : to come together as contestants, opponents, or enemies The candidates met for their debate.

2 : to form a junction or confluence the lines meet in a point

3 : to occur together many graces and many virtues meet in her

meet halfway

: to compromise with

meet with

: to be subjected to : encounter the proposal met with opposition



Definition of meet (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the act of assembling for a hunt or for competitive sports

2 : a competition in which individuals match skills



Definition of meet (Entry 3 of 3)

: precisely adapted to a particular situation, need, or circumstance : very proper

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Other Words from meet


meeter noun


meetly adverb

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fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action. fit for battle suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands. clothes suitable for camping meet suggests a just proportioning. meet payment proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom. proper acknowledgement appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness. an appropriate gift fitting implies harmony of mood or tone. a fitting end apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination. apt quotations happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate. a happy choice of words felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful. a felicitous phrase

Examples of meet in a Sentence


He met his wife at work. We met each other in college. Did you meet anyone interesting at the party? I'd like you to meet my good friend Bob. The couple met at a dance. Have we met? You look familiar. They met for drinks after work. We arranged to meet for lunch. Let's meet at the park. They meet together every week.


in this case, splitting the winnings of the contested lottery ticket seems like a meet solution
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That was in the autumn of 2014: war was raging in eastern Ukraine, the Group of 20 was meeting in Australia, and the Russian president faced a frosty reception from Western leaders. The Economist, "Vladimir Putin’s hopes for his long-awaited meeting with Donald Trump," 14 July 2018 Putin has been at this for 20 years — and has met with four U.S. presidents, and has been working foreign affairs and international security issues his whole life. Joshua Tucker, Washington Post, "Will it be ‘happy talk’ — or will Trump and Putin focus on arms control and other critical issues?," 13 July 2018 The ruling was reversed after the umpires met and said Benintendi was out of the baseline, deleting his hit. Dave Clark,, "Madeira's Andrew Benintendi falls short in All-Star Final Vote," 11 July 2018 Lanoue has been making the rounds of special events in the district to meet people and get his name out there. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Veteran, Newcomer Square Off In 45th District Race," 11 July 2018 Each recipient met the scholarship criteria and completed an essay. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 11 July 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets regularly with dissidents during visits to China and had raised Liu Xia’s case with Chinese officials, including during a visit in May, people familiar with the matter said. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "Nobel widow allowed to leave China after long house arrest," 10 July 2018 The filing met a statute of limitations deadline and will be heard by an independent arbitrator, an NFLPA spokesman said. CBS News, "NFL players union files grievance over new national anthem policy," 10 July 2018 Prepare for a cuteness overload and see all the photos here: The celebratory day for the Royal Air Force's 100th anniversary started at Westminster Abbey, where the royals met with Royal Air Force personnel and attended a service. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Had the Best Time Watching the RAF Flyover From a Palace Window," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The couple entered the meet-and-greet area, which is a huge deal for any Swiftie. Meagan Fredette,, "Thinking Of Getting Engaged? Do It In Front Of Taylor Swift," 14 July 2018 About 2,500 journalists from around the world are on hand to chronicle a summit meeting that some officials predict will amount to the world's most extravagant meet-and-greet exercise. Author: Mark Landler, Anchorage Daily News, "As Trump-Kim summit nears, president is confident, but wide gaps remain," 11 June 2018 Tickets for the talk ranged from $36.50 nosebleeds to $85 VIP meet-and-greet book signing packages. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Remembering Anthony Bourdain's 2010 visit to Sacramento," 8 June 2018 Kennedy was scheduled for a cannery tour that day, but — due to the flight delay and lengthy beach excursion — settled for a meet-and-greet with Bumble Bee seafood workers. The Daily Astorian,, "Shortly before death, RFK found piece of home on the Oregon coast," 2 June 2018 Those moments are always personal, but yesterday was especially intimate: T. Swift stopped in Philadelphia as part of her Reputation world tour, and during a meet-and-greet, a fan proposed to his girlfriend right in front of her. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Had the Best Reaction When Two Super-Fans Got Engaged Right in Front of Her," 14 July 2018 After dancing, Daniels did a meet-and-greet, where a member of her team said that because of the events of the night prior, fans could get a picture and a Team Stormy shirt at a discount. Marilyn Icsman,, "Stormy Daniels: Her crazy 48 hours in Ohio," 13 July 2018 Tickets cost between $25 and $45, and attendees can choose to pay $200 or $500 for a VIP table, personalized service and a meet-and-greet with the band after the show. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Glendale Centre Theatre raising money for accessible restrooms and box office," 20 June 2018 In every city, Swift has had surprises in store for Swifties and also held meet-and-greets before and after each show. Melody Chiu,, "Taylor Swift's Record-Breaking Reputation Tour Has Already Grossed $54 Million in 7 Shows," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the meet April 28 in Fresno, the Cougars placed first with 218 points, besting Fresno Pacific (183), while Academy of Art (145) was third. Jeff Tully,, "College Update: Burroughs grads Malone, Lopez enjoy fruitful freshmen campaigns," 1 June 2018 Lacy said the warm weather was a good prep for next week, when the state meet events will run at nearly the same time and conditions. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Male High's boys and girls teams claims another sweep in regional track," 12 May 2018 Russell Robinson, a junior, dominated the boys long jump with the four best leaps of the competition in his first state meet appearance. Buddy Collings,, "Hummel will celebrate discus title with a tiny town | State track and field," 5 May 2018 The region track meets determine who advances to the state meet May 11-12 in Austin. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Texan Live's streaming of region track meets," 27 Apr. 2018 The federal prison system oversees roughly 185,000 inmates, and some estimates indicate that nearly half meet criteria for a substance use disorder. Lev Facher, STAT, "Trump opioid plan writes in favoritism to single company’s addiction medication," 26 Mar. 2018 Pieroni started the meet Wednesday night by clocking 1:29.63 on first leg of the 800 freestyle relay, becoming the first ever to swim 200 yards in less than 1:30. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosiers third in NCAA swimming for best finish in 43 years," 24 Mar. 2018 The night marked a season-best meet team score for the Tide and also registered a season-best team score on the uneven bars and career-best scores for a number of gymnasts in different skills. Cheryl Wray,, "Bama gymnastics sets season-best mark in win over UNC," 2 Mar. 2018 Pewaukee wins Woodland After winning the dual-meet season title, Pewaukee's wrestling team capped off the year with a win in the Woodland tournament, lifted by a big final round. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arrowhead wrestlers win five flight titles but settle for second at Classic 8 meet," 3 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of meet


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meet


Middle English meten, from Old English mētan; akin to Old English gemōt assembly — more at moot entry 3


see meet entry 1


Middle English mete, from Old English gemǣte; akin to Old English metan to mete

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English Language Learners Definition of meet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to see and speak to (someone) for the first time : to be introduced to or become acquainted with (someone)

: to come together in order to talk : to go to a place to be with someone else

: to come together formally : to have a meeting : to come together for a discussion



English Language Learners Definition of meet (Entry 2 of 2)

: a large gathering of athletes for a sports competition

: an event or occasion when people come together to hunt foxes


\ˈmēt \
met\ˈmet \; meeting

Kids Definition of meet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to get to know : become acquainted They met at a party.

2 : to come upon or across He met a friend while shopping.

3 : to be at a place to greet or keep an appointment Please meet me at the airport. We met in the park for lunch.

4 : to approach from the opposite direction When you meet another car, keep to the right.

5 : to touch and join or cross The town is located where two rivers meet.

6 : to experience something Poor Sarah met an awful fate …— Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

7 : to hold a gathering or assembly The club meets on Mondays.

8 : to be sensed by What lovely sounds meet the ears!

9 : to deal with You must meet problems as they appear.

10 : to fulfill the requirements of : satisfy I will be unable to meet your demands.



Kids Definition of meet (Entry 2 of 2)

: a meeting for sports competition a track meet

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