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

Definition of meet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to come into the presence of for the first time : to be introduced to or become acquainted with I'm pleased to meet you. Where did you two meet each other? I met him in college. We met her through a mutual friend.
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 We met her over coffee.
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.
9 : encounter, experience The proposal has met some opposition. You will likely meet many obstacles on your journey. He met an untimely death.
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 The senators met halfway on an energy bill. We can't give you everything you've requested, but we can meet you halfway. Can you meet us halfway on this? = Can we meet halfway on this?
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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Joseph Drake, president of nonprofit organization the Newton Tree Conservancy, said the cemetery should reevaluate the proposal because its tree replacement figure doesn’t meet the city’s tree ordinance requirements. Walker Armstrong And Cici Yu,, 15 June 2022 People wanted to build or remodel homes, but the lumberyards couldn’t meet the demand. Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, 14 June 2022 People wanted to build or remodel homes, but the lumberyards couldn’t meet the demand. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 They are destined not to meet again for nearly 20 years, until their battle in A New Hope. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 14 June 2022 Back in early January, several clients who were cast in Home Work alleged the Merediths' renovations did not meet expectations. Nicholas Rice,, 13 June 2022 But, unlike curtain bangs, the layers hit around chin-length and don't meet in the middle. Elle Turner, Glamour, 12 June 2022 However, the Household Pulse Survey is categorized as experimental and may not meet some of the bureau’s statistical quality standards. Mike Schneider, Chicago Tribune, 11 June 2022 Plus, The Last of Us is one of the most acclaimed, top-selling PS series of all time, and there continues to be a demand for it, so why not meet that? Paul Tassi, Forbes, 11 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Borgerhoff was a 12-time swim champion in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference and most outstanding performer of the 1990 MCC meet. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 16 June 2022 The musically inclined couple recently returned to the setting of their meet cute for a new episode (streaming now on AppleTV+). Antonia Debianchi,, 13 June 2022 The girls won the KHSAA Class 1A team meet, capturing 15 medals overall. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, 10 June 2022 More than 160 swimmers participated from across 12 Howard County high schools converged at Stevens Forest Pool in Columbia on Saturday for the Howard County Invitational swim meet. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 9 June 2022 Gschwnder said Williams seeks out the competition, even wrapping up a track meet before heading to Tuscaloosa earlier this week for his first visit. Nick Alvarez |, al, 4 June 2022 Nastari shattered both his own state record and the state meet record. cleveland, 4 June 2022 The message of the tattoo changes with each meet, but her support remains unwavering. Cam Kerry,, 4 June 2022 Should the Fab Four meet recreationally, details will likely be kept private. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 4 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective World asked him to respond to a thread on an internet message board about his future as coach on Tuesday during the pre-meet news conference. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 11 June 2022 There must be consequences when these expectations are not meet. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 Rogers already has thrown down with a meet-record time of 1:58.77 at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in April. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 26 May 2022 Peters glided to a state title with a meet-record time of 9 minutes, 25.15 seconds. oregonlive, 20 May 2022 It’s only when circumstances (and fate, in one bizarre twist on meet-cute tradition) force the overgrown brats into the same room that the film takes on a nervous, recognizably human energy, cuing at least one honest, plausibly halting conversation. Guy Lodge, Variety, 20 May 2022 From frothy beach reads bursting with meet-cute moments and real-time LOLs to pitch-perfect memoirs and page-turning thrillers, the months of May through August offer some seriously great reading material. Ashley Leath And Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 18 May 2022 The Medina boys were meet champions with 45.5 points. cleveland, 16 Apr. 2022 Dalia Frias of Manhattan Beach Mira Costa brought the crowd to their feet running a meet-record time of 9:55.50 to win the girls’ 3,200. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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