meet

verb
\ ˈmēt How to pronounce meet (audio) \
met\ ˈmet How to pronounce met (audio) \; 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

meet

noun

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

meet

adjective

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

Verb

meeter noun

Adjective

meetly adverb

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Adjective

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

Verb

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.

Adjective

in this case, splitting the winnings of the contested lottery ticket seems like a meet solution
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Inside Wasilla Middle School early Monday afternoon, a minority group of legislators who support the governor’s proposals met briefly, but lacking the numbers for a quorum, broke up and talked with news media. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Dueling rallies meet on doorstep of would-be special session in Wasilla," 9 July 2019 OCEANSIDE Parkinson’s support meets Wednesday The Oceanside meeting of the North County Parkinson’s Support Group is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oceanside First Presbyterian Church, 2001 S. El Camino Real. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brother Benno’s plans luau fundraiser," 8 July 2019 To qualify for World Heritage status, sites must meet at least one of ten selection criteria, and securing the coveted designation can be hard work. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Ancient City of Babylon Among New Unesco World Heritage Sites," 8 July 2019 The Board of Finance met immediately following the vote to set a new mil rate of 28.6 mils, a .65 mil increase over last year. Janice Steinhagen, courant.com, "Griswold Town Budget Approved," 8 July 2019 Barty and Williams could meet in the quarterfinals. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Serena Williams, Andy Murray win Wimbledon mixed doubles opener," 6 July 2019 The two met while Rios was working at The Webster, the luxury shopping hotspot in Miami Beach. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Maluma Is Men’s Fashion’s Hottest New Muse," 5 July 2019 Thompson and Walters had only met about six months or so before that day, when the State Department had worked with Phoenix Air, the company Thompson managed, to prepare an air-ambulance service plan for the Sochi Olympics. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Airplanes That Rescue Ebola Patients," 5 July 2019 Later that day, an employee met Grace to relay the first-time users’ comments. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Will Slack change work before work changes Slack?," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Boston chapter hosts multiple meet-ups every month, both for administrative and social purposes. Ysabelle Kempe, BostonGlobe.com, "How many tall people does it take to start a club?," 7 July 2019 Most meet-ups begin at 3 p.m. and will have a school supply donation drive. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "9 best things to do with kids in Indianapolis in July," 3 July 2019 Here's what happened, according to police: The teen had arranged a meet-up with the suspect to sell a video game, but the deal went wrong when the suspect pulled a gun out and shot the teen in the face. Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit boy, 15, shot in face over video game sale; suspect dead," 21 June 2019 And on May 2, Wright’s lawyers served Roger Ver, an early bitcoin investor, at a cryptocurrency meet-up in London. Olga Kharif, latimes.com, "Craig Wright says he invented bitcoin. Now he’s suing those who doubt him," 20 June 2019 The meet-up will consist of a Q&A session and the twins will also be available for photo opportunities. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "The Bella Twins added to Chicago's Wine & Food Experience tour hosted by USA TODAY," 20 June 2019 This game of spot the fed is common at DHA meet-ups. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Want to Be A Hacker? Go to Dallas.," 4 Dec. 2018 These include a meeting with mental health campaigners, some involvement in sports, and a casual meet-up with koalas at Taronga Zoo. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Has Two Solo Appearances on Her Royal Tour With Prince Harry, and They're Feminism-Focused," 5 Oct. 2018 Spitzer, the then-governor of New York, had been caught on a federal wiretap around the same time confirming a meet-up with a call girl from a rival high-end prostitution ring. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The former “Manhattan Madam” has met with Robert Mueller’s team," 4 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Late Monday, Mexico's immigration authority said in a statement directed at the caravan that agents would have to review them individually at the border and those who did not meet requirements would not be allowed to enter. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 Late Monday, Mexico’s immigration authority said in a statement directed at the caravan that agents would have to review them individually at the border and those who did not meet requirements would not be allowed to enter. Sonia Perez D., The Seattle Times, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 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, latimes.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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

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First Known Use of meet

Verb

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

Noun

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meet

Verb and Noun

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

Adjective

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

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meet

verb

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

meet

noun

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

chiefly US : a large gathering of athletes for a sports competition
British : an event or occasion when people come together to hunt foxes

meet

verb
\ ˈmēt How to pronounce meet (audio) \
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.

meet

noun

Kids Definition of meet (Entry 2 of 2)

: a meeting for sports competition a track meet

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