\ˈmēt \
met\ ˈmet \; 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



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

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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


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.


in this case, splitting the winnings of the contested lottery ticket seems like a meet solution
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another obstacle, according to a lawyer who advises foreign brokerages: finding financial industry executives that meet Beijing’s qualifications, including passing securities exams written in Mandarin. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Approves American Express Card Service, Addressing U.S. Concerns About Markets," 9 Nov. 2018 Otherwise, the mattress is made with memory foam that meets CertiPUR-US certified standards for content, emissions, and durability, meaning it's made without harmful chemicals. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "People Swear By This Green Tea Mattress On Amazon," 18 Oct. 2018 The military already has certified the Falcon Heavy as a rocket that can meet all of its reference orbits. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Turbulent pricing era ahead, SLS concerns, SpaceX plays catch," 12 Oct. 2018 The adventure begins at 7:30 a.m. when you are met by ski professionals and are whisked away on a private, guided tour. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018 The burden of treatment is why a small study that shows promise for a simpler, cheaper alternative treatment to Type 1 diabetes is being met with hope — but also with caution and skepticism. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Washington Post, "Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes," 13 July 2018 The two have all but confirmed their relationship, having been spotted meeting the Pope, vacationing in Japan, and dressing up like Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton together. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Step Out on London Date: See the New Photo," 13 July 2018 Franklin’s focus accordingly shifted to building publishing infrastructure, as well as meeting the requests of foreign governments. Amanda Laugesen, Smithsonian, "This Cold War-Era Publishing House Wanted To Share American Values With the World," 13 July 2018 If at the end of the study the requirements for a traffic light are met, then approval would be sought from the Illinois Department of Transportation to install a traffic light. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "Sugar Grove Village Board discusses need for traffic study for proposed stoplight," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s a lot on the line in the meet that runs through Sunday. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "US swim nationals set to go on without banned Lochte," 24 July 2018 Watching his teenagers compete in a championship swim meet in early June, Polo Trejo was surprised to see USA Swimming ads on large-screen TVs showing kids doing other sports. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "USA Swimming Flips for Multisport Youth Athletes," 2 July 2018 New Egypt finished second in the meet with 101 points. Mike Owens,, "Strong senior class led Riverside boys to first sectional track title," 9 June 2018 The biggest section winner on the weekend was San Diego High sophomore Parker Harvey, who became the first San Diegan to win three events in a single state meet since Sweetwater’s Gail Devers in 1984. Steve Brand,, "LC Canyon runner chases away cross country demons in 3,200," 3 June 2018 The couple entered the meet-and-greet area, which is a huge deal for any Swiftie. Meagan Fredette,, "Thinking Of Getting Engaged? Do It In Front Of Taylor Swift," 14 July 2018 About 2,500 journalists from around the world are on hand to chronicle a summit meeting that some officials predict will amount to the world's most extravagant meet-and-greet exercise. Author: Mark Landler, Anchorage Daily News, "As Trump-Kim summit nears, president is confident, but wide gaps remain," 11 June 2018 Tickets for the talk ranged from $36.50 nosebleeds to $85 VIP meet-and-greet book signing packages. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Remembering Anthony Bourdain's 2010 visit to Sacramento," 8 June 2018 Kennedy was scheduled for a cannery tour that day, but — due to the flight delay and lengthy beach excursion — settled for a meet-and-greet with Bumble Bee seafood workers. The Daily Astorian,, "Shortly before death, RFK found piece of home on the Oregon coast," 2 June 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,, "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,, "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


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


Middle English meten, from Old English mētan; akin to Old English gemōt assembly — more at moot entry 3


see meet entry 1


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

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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



English Language Learners Definition of meet (Entry 2 of 2)

: a large gathering of athletes for a sports competition

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


\ˈmēt \
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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