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meet

verb \ ˈmēt \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of meet

met play \ˈmet\; meeting
transitive verb
1 a :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 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
1 a :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

meeter

noun
meet halfway
:to compromise with
meet with
:to be subjected to :encounter
  • the proposal met with opposition

Examples of meet in a Sentence

  1. He met his wife at work.

  2. We met each other in college.

  3. Did you meet anyone interesting at the party?

  4. I'd like you to meet my good friend Bob.

  5. The couple met at a dance.

  6. Have we met? You look familiar.

  7. They met for drinks after work.

  8. We arranged to meet for lunch.

  9. Let's meet at the park.

  10. They meet together every week.

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Origin and Etymology of meet

Middle English meten, from Old English mētan; akin to Old English gemōt assembly — more at moot

meet Synonyms

Synonyms
catch, chance (upon), encounter, happen (upon), stumble (upon), bump into, cross paths (with), run across, run into, run upon
Antonyms
break up, disband, disperse, split (up)
Related Words
accost, confront; face, greet, salute; collide (with), crash (into); crisscross, cross, pass; hit (upon), light (upon), tumble (to); reencounter, remeet
Near Antonyms
avoid, dodge, duck, elude, escape, evade, shake, shun

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meet

noun

Definition of meet

1 :the act of assembling for a hunt or for competitive sports
2 :a competition in which individuals match skills

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Origin and Etymology of meet

see 1meet


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meet

adjective

Definition of meet

:precisely adapted to a particular situation, need, or circumstance :very proper

meetly

adverb

Examples of meet in a Sentence

  1. in this case, splitting the winnings of the contested lottery ticket seems like a meet solution

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Origin and Etymology of meet

Middle English mete, from Old English gemǣte; akin to Old English metan to mete

Synonym Discussion of 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

MEET Defined for English Language Learners

meet

verb

Definition of meet for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of meet for English Language Learners

  • : a large gathering of athletes for a sports competition

  • : an event or occasion when people come together to hunt foxes


MEET Defined for Kids

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meet

verb \ ˈmēt \

Definition of meet for Students

met \ˈmet\; meeting
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.

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meet

noun

Definition of meet for Students

:a meeting for sports competition
  • a track meet


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