\ ˈmēt How to pronounce meet (audio) \
met\ ˈmet How to pronounce meet (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 The plan includes achieving a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050, rallying other countries to meet the threat of climate change and taking action against polluters harming communities of color and low-income communities. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Evers directs millions for climate change initiatives in budget, putting focus on green energy in Wisconsin," 3 Apr. 2021 If Loyola and Navy were to meet in the postseason, there could be a scenario where the game extends to a penalty shootout and Kaleigh Gallagher is tasked with taking a kick against Madison Gallagher. Edward Lee,, "Sisters Kaleigh and Madison Gallagher always played soccer together. A Navy-Loyola game made them opponents.," 2 Apr. 2021 The top two teams from the regional finals will advance to NCAA meet on April 16-17 in Fort Worth, Texas. Star Tribune, "Gophers women gymnasts advance to regional finals in Georgia," 2 Apr. 2021 Then, prosecutors allege, the trafficking ring would send a fishing boat to meet the submarine about 100 miles off the coast of Europe and collect the cocaine. Washington Post, "Cocaine, a submarine and cash: CEO killed in plane crash was bankrolling drug empire, feds say," 2 Apr. 2021 Any developers that fail to submit a declaration form or apps that fail to meet the requirements and attempt to view the apps on a user’s phone anyway may be removed from the Google Play store altogether. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Here’s what Google is doing to protect Android users from spying apps," 2 Apr. 2021 The couple from Cuba plans to meet family in Orlando, Florida but is currently staying at the nonprofit Casa Alitas shelter in Tucson, Arizona. CBS News, "Nonprofit migrant shelters call for more help from the government: "Asylum will always be a need"," 2 Apr. 2021 The mobile application allows people to meet others in the area and exchange social and business contact information. Jonathan X. Simmons, The Indianapolis Star, "'Being the underdogs': New app that's Bumble meets LinkedIn was made in Indiana," 2 Apr. 2021 After the meet-and-greet in the AmStar lobby, Wingard walked into an auditorium to thank and hype up the eager crowd. Ben Flanagan |, al, "‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ director Adam Wingard of Alabama holds hometown screening, a ‘lifelong goal’," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Perhaps the most intriguing events of the meet were in the girls throws. Joe Magill, cleveland, "Chardon girls, Strongsville boys focus on performance, achieve Avon Lake Invitational championships," 4 Apr. 2021 Chase and Sadie begin dating, after Chase sees her at a swim meet and gets her number. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Chase and Sadie's incredible journey of love amid cancer," 4 Apr. 2021 The haul was huge for area gymnasts at the state meet this year. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One of these 12 standouts will be named gymnast of the year at the Milwaukee High School Sports Awards," 3 Apr. 2021 This tandem is three of seven at the meet and five of seven in the money for a big return on investment. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita Derby day," 3 Apr. 2021 Love finished seventh in 5A at the state cross country meet, running five kilometers (3.1 miles) in 17:52.25. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "2021 UIL girls soccer playoff preview: Area storylines to know, teams to watch and players to keep an eye on," 24 Mar. 2021 Bacon, a native of Indianapolis, swept the 1- and 3-meter events at the recent NCAA meet. Star Tribune, "Gophers heavyweight Gable Steveson named Hodge Trophy finalist," 23 Mar. 2021 Two children were killed in February at a car meet after a street racer slammed into another car that then plowed into a group of bystanders. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Street racing crackdown leads to over 100 arrests over the weekend in Harris County," 22 Mar. 2021 Garry Kotts, Smith’s former science teacher and track coach, recalled when a teenage Smith ran the 3,200-meter race at a state track meet and didn’t place. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "How passion and nurturing led Utah State coach Craig Smith to a stellar career," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The North Carolina signee went undefeated during the UIL cross country season, capped by winning the 6A state championship with a meet-record time of 16:25.89. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "2021 track preview: Teams to watch, athletes to know and Duncanville’s pursuit of sprinting dominance," 20 Mar. 2021 Oregon’s relay team of Reed Brown, Xavier Nairne, Charlie Hunter and Cooper Teare posted a meet-record time of 9 minutes, 19.98 seconds. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks win men’s distance-medley relay at NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships," 13 Mar. 2021 The annual barrage of meet-cute holiday movies may not be so feel-good if you just got dumped on Turkey Day. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Experiencing heartbreak? Here are 20 movies to help cope with your holiday breakup," 30 Nov. 2020 Putin’s announcement has been meet with near-global skepticism. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Florida selected to participate in federal COVID-19 vaccine pilot program," 13 Aug. 2020 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

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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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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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