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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Those coming to a campus as regular visitors, such as parents arrive to each lunch with a child, meet with a teacher or attend a program,do not have to complete the volunteer application process. From News Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Creek ISD has new application for prospective volunteers," 5 Aug. 2019 Liverpool and Manchester City will meet in the Community Shield on Sunday at Wembley Stadium as the 2019-20 season starts. Jenna West, SI.com, "Liverpool vs. Manchester City Live Stream: Watch Community Shield Online," 4 Aug. 2019 Some of the recent white-supremacist manifestos might meet this standard; and yet, even if one or several of them could be banned, this wouldn’t necessarily apply to the platforms on which the manifestos are posted. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "The El Paso Shooting and the Virality of Evil," 4 Aug. 2019 Selected artists will meet with the gallery’s curatorial team Aug. 16-17 at JCO’s Art Haus, 805 University Ave #E. There are no application or exhibitor’s fees. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Los Gatos community briefs for the week of Aug. 9," 4 Aug. 2019 The offshore event will meet two of the I.O.C.’s goals for 2020: increased broadcast appeal and gender equality. Chris Museler, New York Times, "Mixed Events Shake Up Olympic Sailing," 4 Aug. 2019 Between now and then, the staff will meet with interested parties and the commissioners and hold more formal stakeholder meetings. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Public has been “loud and clear” on push for new oil, gas rules to protect health and environment, regulators say," 3 Aug. 2019 Louisville Zoo, Louisville Courier Journal Louisville, meet your newest — and biggest — baby. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "It's a boy! Louisville Zoo baby elephant weighs in at 200-plus pounds," 3 Aug. 2019 Viewing party guests at the Denver Zoo will meet animal ambassadors and get to try out ChromaDepth glasses while enjoying complimentary appetizers and live DJs. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Meow Wolf is teaming up with the Denver Zoo for a day of movies and art-making," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From May to July each year, the swimmers log hundreds of laps, hone their swimming skills and compete in meets far and wide. baltimoresun.com, "Springdale swimmers honored; Hunt Valley Church mission team also scores big," 6 Aug. 2019 Early in the meet, summoned to meeting to discuss his riding, Arroyo showed up wearing only towels wrapped around his waist and shoulders. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Beau Recall wins Yellow Ribbon by nose; Hollendorfer’s Vasilika finishes third," 3 Aug. 2019 Manuel was unable to hold off Campbell on the anchor leg of the 4x100 free relay earlier in the meet, with Australia claiming gold and the US silver. BostonGlobe.com, "FIFA shoots for more Women’s World Cup teams," 27 July 2019 Dressel has six golds and seven medals overall with one night remaining in the meet. Beth Harris, Twin Cities, "Lakeville’s Regan Smith wins gold at world swimming championships," 27 July 2019 Manuel was unable to hold off Campbell on the anchor leg of the 4x100 free relay earlier in the meet, with Australia claiming gold and the U.S. silver. Beth Harris, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land's Simone Manuel wins another world title in 100 free," 26 July 2019 Centro wins the men's 1,500 in the meet Lewis & Clark College. oregonlive.com, "Olympic champs Ryan Crouser and Matthew Centrowitz among the headliners for the U.S. Championships," 24 July 2019 There is no record of her participating in a meet for the club. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, "Did this student deserve admission to UCLA’s renowned gymnastics team?," 21 July 2019 About 20 swim clubs and 350 swimmers in various age categories participated in the meet. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Pompano Piranhas swim team led by sisters," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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. cleveland.com, "South Euclid Burger King drive-thru still faces roadblocks," 30 July 2019 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

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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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