\ 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



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

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 Struggling to make ends meet, the single mom works at a busy seafood restaurant. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "How 'The Secret: Dare to Dream' just might make you believe in love again," 31 July 2020 At a time when the nation is reeling from the twin crises of an economic downturn and a global pandemic, long-standing gaps in pay are exacerbating the struggles of many Black and Latinas who can barely make ends meet. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Black women and Latinas struggle to buy food, build savings amid COVID-19, study says," 31 July 2020 What is clear, however, is that letting this benefit lapse will force some unemployed Americans, particularly those in lower-income households, to rely on expensive credit card debt to make ends meet. Matt Egan, CNN, "Americans are rapidly shrinking their credit card debt during the pandemic," 9 July 2020 The city is also offering rental and mortgage assistance, tax breaks and funds for local businesses to assist those struggling to make ends meet as the pandemic continues. Dallas News, "Garland resumes utility collections during pandemic but will work with struggling residents," 8 July 2020 Rehan Staton, a hard-working college student from Maryland, landed a spot at one of the most prestigious law schools in the country after collecting garbage to make ends meet. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "24-Year-Old Student Who Collected Garbage to Pay for College Is Admitted to Harvard Law School," 8 July 2020 For families struggling to make ends meet, with almost no other choices, ethical consumerism fails to provide any answers. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Monopolies Make Their Own Rules," 7 July 2020 Despite some local and state efforts to provide aid to workers, regardless of citizenship, many are still struggling to make ends meet. Kellie Hwang,, "Bay Briefing: Calamity and cautious hope on homelessness," 6 July 2020 Yet with the retreat of Maine's annual Lobster Fest, the retired teachers are without a place to sell their ceramics and a way to make ends meet. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Canceled festivals deal another blow to New England economy amid COVID-19 pandemic," 5 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Social dynamics of the crossworld, a crossword meet-cute, and other ways to puzzle with friends while social distancing. Robyn Weintraub, The New Yorker, "The Crossword: Friday, July 31, 2020," 31 July 2020 In addition, there will be no character meet and greets, and playgrounds and water effects will be off-limits. Travel + Leisure, "Check Out the First Photos of Disney World's Cinderella Castle Makeover," 9 July 2020 Expect coach Pete Julian’s unnamed, Nike-sponsored, elite training group to compete against runners from other teams in a local meet sooner rather than later. oregonlive, "Pete Julian says he will turn loose his elite, Nike-sponsored runners soon: Oregon track & field rundown," 3 July 2020 After an awkward meet-cute on campus, Euphoria's Jacob Elordi as college freshman Chris strikes a relationship with a schoolmate played by Riverdale's Tiera Skovbye in the trailer for the upcoming film 2 Hearts. Omar Sanchez,, "Euphoria star Jacob Elordi and Tiera Skovbye find love in 2 Hearts trailer," 16 June 2020 Anadu has competed at four Big 12 championship meets, including a 13th-place finish with a long jump of 6.95 meters at the 2019 outdoor meet. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD alumni Anadu, Hamilton earn COSIDA all-district recognition," 13 July 2020 Barron also won the shot put and triple jump in 2007 and the discus, long jump, shot put and triple jump in 2008 at the AHSAA Class 5A outdoor championship meet. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Mark Barron’s house going on auction block," 13 July 2020 Social dynamics of the crossworld, a crossword meet-cute, and other ways to puzzle with friends while social distancing. Anna Shechtman, The New Yorker, "The Crossword: Friday, July 10, 2020," 10 July 2020 It was hosted by Las Guamas, a four-person collective that organizes a monthly meet-up to talk about, and unlearn, machismo. Victoria Stunt, Quartz, "How men in Latin America are unlearning machismo," 9 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fact: Only a fraction of the tests advertised meet FDA specifications. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Busted! The 4 biggest myths about COVID-19 antibody testing," 10 July 2020 Six other cases did not meet definitions provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention., "The Missouri man is the state’s first death related to an outbreak of lung disease linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping-related devices, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said. Eight vaping-related deaths have been recorded in the United States.," 21 Sep. 2019 The vote Friday was by Mississippi Department of Archives and History trustees, who said the university’s architectural and engineering plans meet U.S. Department of Interior standards for treatment of historical monuments. USA TODAY, "White Sands dust-up, distracted-driving cams, hog rules: News from around our 50 states," 10 Dec. 2019 The Lions repeated as county, regional, and state champions for a fourth straight season last fall, and captured their fourth straight county meet title Thursday by placing five athletes in the top 10. Megan Woodward,, "Cross Country: Liberty’s Woodrow Kashima, SC’s Grace Siehler capture Carroll County championships," 24 Oct. 2019 And while supply did not meet initial demand, the recreational market has reached a balance, Gray said. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Recreational weed probably won't be for sale in Michigan until March, April," 27 Oct. 2019 Eating out is a social exercise, and on Las Olas that exercise can come in places that are open-air casual, meet-market boisterous or small and quirky. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Las Olas trio, part 2 — Boathouse (hot), El Camino (loud) and Flight 19 (a mystery)," 15 Aug. 2019 When buying a home, residents agreed to share anonymized data on energy usage with Alabama Power and meet researchers monthly to discuss their experience and likes and dislikes. Nell Lewis, CNN, "Inside the 'living laboratory,' a neighborhood of smart homes in Alabama," 7 Aug. 2019 The first six conditions would ultimately involve the city’s five-member Board of Zoning Appeals granting the developers relief from aspects of the development that do not now meet city code., "South Euclid Burger King drive-thru still faces roadblocks," 30 July 2019

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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

Verb and Noun

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


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

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3 Aug 2020

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“Meet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce meet (audio)

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)

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


\ 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.



Kids Definition of meet (Entry 2 of 2)

: a meeting for sports competition a track meet

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