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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There has been a bit of a hoopla in the news over a class-action lawsuit brought against Ford claiming that the new 2019 Ford Ranger fails to meet fuel-economy expectations set in advertising. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "What Kind of Fuel Economy Does the 2019 Ford Ranger Get in the Real World?," 13 May 2019 Notably, Meghan and Harry secretly met with Shout volunteers last November, and photos from that visit have just been made public today. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Never-Before-Seen Photos of Meghan Markle Reveal Her Secret Visit to Shout, a New Crisis Text Line," 10 May 2019 The name announcement came with a touching photo of Archie meeting his great-grandparents, with his parents and grandmother Doria Ragland looking on. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Duchess Meghan & Prince Harry's Intimate Photo Shoot with Baby Sussex," 8 May 2019 Jonas's brother, Nick, and his wife Priyanka Chopra also attended this year's Met Gala, a full circle moment after meeting at the event back in 2017. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Wore Matching Outfits for Their First Red Carpet as a Married Couple," 7 May 2019 Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Terry Gou reaffirmed his commitment to a large Wisconsin factory that is behind schedule with a trip to the state Thursday, a day after meeting with President Trump at the White House. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Foxconn Chairman Meets With Trump as Wisconsin Plant Plans Fall Behind," 2 May 2019 Regardless of how your manager responds, try to end on a good note and thank them for meeting with you. Josephine Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "How to Ask For a Raise," 18 Apr. 2019 WikiLeaks says Assange will fight the U.S. extradition request and has been meeting with his legal team to plan his defense. Gregory Katz, The Seattle Times, "UK pressured not to overlook Swedish claims to Assange," 14 Apr. 2019 As a result, states like South Carolina, which has a renewable portfolio standard but limited wind resources, are meeting their goals with solar power. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom," 28 Mar. 2019

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Plus, there's no shortage of surfaces that could reap the benefits of a whitewashed rustic-meets-vintage look—think everything from your bedroom dresser to coffee table to living room floorboards. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Whitewash Wood Furniture: 8 Easy Steps for Your Next Furniture Makeover," 19 Apr. 2019 Here, a deep-dive into the couple's low-key love story. 2013: Jordan and Chelsea meet. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "A Complete Timeline of Jordan Peele and Wife Chelsea Peretti's Low-Key Relationship," 8 Apr. 2019 Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee were moved into a house built by Habitat for Humanity and were flown across the country for celebrity meet-and-greets, concerts, speeches, trips to Disney World, and more. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "How True Is 'The Act'? The Hulu Series' Backstory Is Chilling," 20 Mar. 2019 That got Jon MacKay, then 13 years old, early entry into the Knitting Factory Concert House, a meet-and-greet and photo session with Bhad Bhabie (whose real name is Danielle Bregoli) and some... Anne Steele, WSJ, "Backstage Selfies With the Backstreet Boys or Bhad Bhabie," 6 Mar. 2019 Benson also showed off his athleticism at the state track meet, finishing seventh in the high jump. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "High school football: 10 small-school Indianapolis-area players to watch," 9 July 2018 Thomas II was the first-ever athlete to represent Oyler at the state meet. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Announcing 2017-18 Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky high school Spring All-Stars," 29 June 2018 The two first meet at a baseball game at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, in 2005. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez: A Complete Timeline of Their Relationship," 10 Mar. 2019 The pair met at a backstage meet-and-greet following one of her concerts. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher's Love Story in Photos," 10 July 2018

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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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