meet

verb
\ 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

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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In nature, a whole range of geologic reactions can result when molten rock and water meet. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Blew Up Lava in a Backyard Volcano to Unlock the Secrets of the Most Violent Eruptions," 11 Dec. 2018 There's an air curtain at the front to channel air down the sides and away from the turbulent chaotic mess that normally happens when rotating wheels meet the airflow. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 Then, when the roads disappear, you're met not with horses, but with reindeer, which will cart you three hours to your final destination: an Airbnb tepee with your hosts, Otgonbayar and Zorigt, members of the nomadic Dukha tribe. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "You'll Need a Reindeer to Get to This Airbnb in Mongolia," 19 Nov. 2018 Then, fold the dough in so the edges meet in the middle. Do it a second time, and then using a chef's knife cut the dough into thin strips. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Homemade Pasta Without a Machine," 7 Jan. 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Saturday’s talks came a day after Mr. Trump met with congressional leadership at the White House in what both sides described as a contentious two-hour meeting. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "White House Signals Flexibility on Concrete Border Wall," 6 Jan. 2019 There are so many aspects of it that touch me, from her young childhood to meeting Barack to the last day in office. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Why Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' Is Required Reading," 1 Jan. 2019 Lofts are open, airy, and spacious by their very nature, but this rentable two-bedroom apartment-meets-showroom in Copenhagen manages to bring the two concepts together with ample style. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rent this cozy loft that doubles as a furniture showroom," 27 Dec. 2018 Here are some of the more memorable deaths my dozens of characters have met over more than 100 hours of play. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Can't Beat It, Code It," 17 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Papa Mambo, the meet’s only five-time winner, was voted top claimer. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Emerald Downs president: ‘We are all optimistic’ after a horse-racing season with increase in daily handle," 24 Sep. 2018 For our interview, her hair was bright blonde, but she was clad in a neon pink cheerleader-meets-basketball-player-inspired dress. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Group Momoland Shares the Weirdest Parts of Their Beauty Routines," 24 Aug. 2018 This season, Spohr expected the Mustangs to be the best since the 2015 team reached the state meet. John O'malley, Post-Tribune, "Change agent: Munster's Patrick Spohr selected as the 2018 Post-Tribune Girls Tennis Coach of the Year," 2 July 2018 Not to worry, Varchie fans, Archie and Veronica will certainly have some sort of meet up during the episode, according to the promo. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "OMG Archie and Joaquin Will Make Out in Tonight's "Riverdale" Episode!," 14 Nov. 2018 The Ducks moved up two spots in this week's rankings after a strong performance in last weekend's regional qualifying meet. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks are third in this week's women's college track rankings," 29 May 2018 Nesmith won the 400 meter hurdles (1:02.27) and the triple jump (11.63m) in the league's championship meet. courant.com, "Regional Digest: Columbia Defeats Yale In Ivy League Series Opener," 22 May 2018 Baranczyk will be an incoming sophomore at Bay Port after finishing tied for fifth at the state meet in 2017. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kettle Moraine grad Cavaiani continues impressive rise as she qualifies for Junior PGA Championship for second straight year," 6 July 2018 Fall Cross country League finish: Mother of Mercy came in fourth with 93 points at the conference meet. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Photographs and memories: Mother of Mercy's final athletic year, 2017-2018," 2 July 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)

: a large gathering of athletes for a sports competition

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

meet

verb
\ 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.

meet

noun

Kids Definition of meet (Entry 2 of 2)

: a meeting for sports competition a track meet

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