\ 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

Choose the Right Synonym for meet


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 None of us should have to wait or meet near catastrophe to be healthy. Andy Dunn As Told To Marty Munson, Men's Health, 10 May 2022 Susan Williamson hears all the time from authors her customers want to meet at signings in her Booksy Galore shop in Pound Ridge, New York. Peter D. Kramer, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Every day, millions of sailors, truck drivers, longshoremen, warehouse workers and delivery drivers keep mountains of goods moving into stores and homes to meet consumers’ increasing expectations of convenience. Heather Gillers, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Providing services to migrants has largely fallen to local religious organizations and American NGOs like the Sidewalk School that rely on donations and volunteers to meet the swelling need. Deepa Fernandes, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 2022 Growing up in Kyiv, Yemchuk was fascinated by the reputation of Odesa as a free place during Soviet times: a city full of contradictions, where very disparate people could meet. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 10 May 2022 Because infant formula is often used as the sole source of nutrition by a vulnerable population during a critical period of growth and development, all formulas marketed in the US must meet federal nutrient requirements. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 10 May 2022 Sometimes these transitions look dramatic, with the animals appearing reluctant to meet their new swampmates. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 10 May 2022 New plan notes Utah will meet its modest 2008 goal of 20% clean electricity by 2025, but most states are more aggressive in the fight against climate change. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Alabama men finished 13th in the NCAA meet last year with the program’s best season ending No. 3 in 1983. Michael Casagrande |, al, 10 May 2022 Cal tied a 17-year-old NCAA record on bars with a 49.825 mark in a meet against UCLA. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 In her final home meet on Wednesday afternoon, Daniel finished the girls 300-meter hurdles in 42.23 seconds, a new state record. oregonlive, 4 May 2022 Regional competition begins Wednesday, with Mount Dora Christian Academy hosting small schools in the Class 1A Region 2 meet. Buddy Collings, Orlando Sentinel, 3 May 2022 Lundgren also claimed a repeat title in the 200 individual medley (2:02.74), her event in the last state meet in her freshman year. Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 Build confidence by having successful lifts in an actual meet first. Roger Lockridge, Men's Health, 26 Apr. 2022 Boland would have won both events in any other area meet. cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 The two best teams in the league meet in an NBA Finals rematch that leaves Phoenix heartbroken again as Antetokounmpo turns in another transcendent performance to lead Milwaukee to a second straight title. Omari Sankofa Ii, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 The movie isn’t just relying on a meet cute premise, it is also bolstered by some star power in the form of Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. Brent Lang, Variety, 25 Mar. 2022 Their meet-cute starts with an unlikely mistake of the dabbawalas, which was a lunch delivery system studied by Harvard for its accuracy. Esra Erol, Bon Appétit, 24 Mar. 2022 Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas won the 100-yard freestyle in a meet record of 47.63 seconds yesterday at the Ivy League women's swimming and diving championships. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 Service won the meet 6-3, but Chugiak pulled out a victory in the day’s closest match when the mixed doubles team of CJ Johnston and Robert Wanek held off Service’s Elise Richardson and Wyatt Kornmesser by a score of 9-7. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2021 The move was meet with swift condemnation from some Republicans, including Utah Sen. Mike Lee. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2021 Sha’Carri Richardson had the pre-meet buzz coming into the Prefontaine Classic, but this was Elaine Thompson-Herah’s show. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 21 Aug. 2021 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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