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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Sam breaks the news while meeting Jon in the crypts of Winterfell. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Learns His True Identity in Game of Thrones the Season 8 Premiere," 15 Apr. 2019 In the school pickup lane, on my morning run, sitting in a Lyft—I’d close my eyes and imagine kissing a man on that spot where the jaw meets the neck, feeling the bristle of hair against my lips. Lyz Lenz, Glamour, "I Wanted to Fall in Love With Men. I Also Wanted Men to Leave Me the Hell Alone," 15 Apr. 2019 Forget any associations with matronly librarians and think instead of the snappy, confident clack of the heel meeting the ground and announcing its wearer’s arrival. Vogue, "The Slingback Heel Is Making a Comeback," 14 Apr. 2019 Instead, the recession hit and the money was distributed back to its schools to simply help make ends meet. Larry Fenn, The Seattle Times, "Money Madness: AP analysis shows growing gap in NCAA payouts," 27 Mar. 2019 One startup is trying to remove some ocean plastic but has not met with any success so far. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Whale Washed Up on a Beach with 88 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach," 19 Mar. 2019 Although Boulos and Trump didn’t meet at Lohan’s haunt—the club scene is something the new couple have in common. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Inside Tiffany Trump's Relationship with New Boyfriend Michael Boulos," 18 Mar. 2019 Her dad founded an architectural firm, and Blanca helped make ends meet with secretarial and cleaning work. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Blanca Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Mom?," 31 Jan. 2019 In other news, this is the ninth day of the shut-down and the government has some suggestions for federal workers trying to make ends meet. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Trump's Soul-Numbing Message for the New Year," 30 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The two first meet at a baseball game at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, in 2005. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez: A Complete Timeline of Their Relationship," 10 Mar. 2019 The pair met at a backstage meet-and-greet following one of her concerts. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher's Love Story in Photos," 10 July 2018 The recent meet, which has been around for over 25 years, has lived up to its billing with international swim clubs from Argentina, Peru, South Africa and Turks & Caicos joining organizations from both inside and outside of Florida. Emmett Hall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Youth swimmers make splash at Fort Lauderdale international meet," 30 June 2018 Both governments said that Syria will be a main agenda item when the two leaders next meet, in Helsinki in mid-July. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Abortion is already emerging as a top issue in the midterms with Supreme Court vacancy," 29 June 2018 After spending the last few weeks crisscrossing the globe at a variety of meets, from Jamaica to Eugene, Ore., to Stockholm, Francis is expected to compete in the 200 meters Saturday at the USA track and field national championships in Des Moines. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Phyllis Francis follows her own path, doesn't worry about filling Allyson Felix's shoes," 22 June 2018 Jesse Holt, the man who established the meet, died of a heart attack in October of 2016. Bill Van Smith, miamiherald, "This South Florida track event continues honoring legacy of its legendary founder," 7 June 2018 Ohashi is a 21-year-old UCLA gymnast whose perfect 10 floor routine in a recent college meet became a viral video phenomenon on par with all the world’s clumsy kittens, windsurfings dogs and Justin Bieber conspiracies. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A Must-See Gymnast, and the Meaning of Joy," 16 Jan. 2019 Belgium and Japan battle for a place in the World Cup quarterfinals when the meet in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Monday. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "LIVE: Belgium, Japan Battle for World Cup Quarterfinal Berth," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The federal prison system oversees roughly 185,000 inmates, and some estimates indicate that nearly half meet criteria for a substance use disorder. Lev Facher, STAT, "Trump opioid plan writes in favoritism to single company’s addiction medication," 26 Mar. 2018 Pieroni started the meet Wednesday night by clocking 1:29.63 on first leg of the 800 freestyle relay, becoming the first ever to swim 200 yards in less than 1:30. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosiers third in NCAA swimming for best finish in 43 years," 24 Mar. 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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