\ 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



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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nevertheless, McDonnell Douglas executives spent the next few months ceaselessly assuring him that all was well, completion was weeks away, and that every specification would be met. Maureen Tkacik, The New Republic, "Boeing Axes CEO as Company Hits New Heights of Self-Denial," 23 Dec. 2019 Former prime minister Saad Hariri, the head of the largest Sunni group in Lebanon, resigned on Oct. 29, meeting a key demand of the protesters., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 23 Dec. 2019 But in each case, a judge ruled Nunes and Depp met the state’s standard for jurisdiction in a defamation case: point of publication of the allegedly defamatory statements. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Devin Nunes, Johnny Depp lawsuits seen as threats to free speech and press," 23 Dec. 2019 Officers met Christopher Gray at the door, and a physical confrontation ensued, Muñoz said. Anna Bauman,, "The Scanner: DNA solves 1982 double-murder cold case in Fremont," 23 Dec. 2019 Families will be able to create party hats and noisemakers in the Be a Maker Space, meet Martin, the GEICO gecko and enjoy a dance party. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your kids can celebrate the new year and be in bed well before midnight with kid-friendly New Year's Eve events around Milwaukee," 23 Dec. 2019 His first child, a daughter, Lucy, was born in November who his ex-teammates have met, according to the NFL Network story. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts owner Jim Irsay to NFL Network: Andrew Luck staying retired," 22 Dec. 2019 The Cowboys and Eagles were the favorites to win the NFC East and one of them will have the inside track to the division title when the two teams meet on Sunday (1:25 p.m. PT/4:25 p.m., FOX, DirecTV) in a Week 16 game. oregonlive, "Philadelphia Eagles keep the Dallas Cowboys from winning the NFC East: Recap, score, stats and more," 22 Dec. 2019 During the University of Cincinnati’s football practice Saturday, the sophomore quarterback easily sailed the ball down the field, and the pass met wide receiver Malick Mbodj perfectly in stride in the back right corner. Charlie Goldsmith,, "Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder's shoulder 'full go' for Birmingham Bowl," 22 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The buzz: Voted Division 3 swimmer of the meet at the state finals, the 2018 backstroke champion defended her title with a division-record 54.53, helping the Cranes to second place in the team competition. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press Sports Awards: Meet the girls swimming nominees," 6 Jan. 2020 Arcadia, California — A horse broke down in the last race at Santa Anita on Wednesday, the track's first racing death of the winter-spring meet after a spate of deaths last year. CBS News, "Santa Anita race track has 1st horse death of the new year after a deadly 2019," 2 Jan. 2020 Girls swimming and diving: Hannah Cech, Lakota East - This past weekend, she was voted swimmer of the meet at the Canton City School Christmas Invitational. Melanie Laughman,, "Enquirer announces Cincinnati high school athletes of the week, Dec. 27," 27 Dec. 2019 The Trojans were ranked No. 1 and the reigning outdoor champions, and they were tied with the Razorbacks entering the final event of the NCAA meet in Austin, Texas. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "Not slowing down: As he approaches 70, UA women’s track and cross country coach sets standards in multiple sports," 25 Dec. 2019 With an ear-to-ear smile, Hu gladly accepted her Class 2A fourth-place singles medal inside the Buffalo Grove gymnasium at the conclusion of the girls tennis state meet. Bob Narang,, "Girls tennis notes: Nicole Hu helps Hinsdale Central claim 2nd place at 2A state meet," 27 Oct. 2019 On a night when American men won gold in the 200, 800, and pole vault, many of the questions were about a 61-year-old coach who was kicked out of the meet earlier in the day., "DOHA, Qatar — Not a single runner passing through the orbit of famed track coach Alberto Salazar has been implicated for doping, so when Donavan Brazier coasted in for a blowout victory Tuesday in the 800-meter race at the world championships, there was no reason to suspect he would be, either.," 2 Oct. 2019 Baranoski leads Tech to fourth place Harford Tech had one of the best three-runner finishes of the meet. Bill Blewett,, "Cross Country: CMW’s Cummins, Harford Tech’s Baranoski beat heat to win at Bull Run Invitational," 26 Sep. 2019 Portions of the meet will be televised live beginning at 4 p.m. PDT on Thursday on NBCSN, 1 p.m. Saturday on NBC, and on Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBCSN and 5 p.m. on NBC., "Olympic champs Ryan Crouser and Matthew Centrowitz among the headliners for the U.S. Championships," 24 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The vote Friday was by Mississippi Department of Archives and History trustees, who said the university’s architectural and engineering plans meet U.S. Department of Interior standards for treatment of historical monuments. USA TODAY, "White Sands dust-up, distracted-driving cams, hog rules: News from around our 50 states," 10 Dec. 2019 The Lions repeated as county, regional, and state champions for a fourth straight season last fall, and captured their fourth straight county meet title Thursday by placing five athletes in the top 10. Megan Woodward,, "Cross Country: Liberty’s Woodrow Kashima, SC’s Grace Siehler capture Carroll County championships," 24 Oct. 2019 And while supply did not meet initial demand, the recreational market has reached a balance, Gray said. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Recreational weed probably won't be for sale in Michigan until March, April," 27 Oct. 2019 Eating out is a social exercise, and on Las Olas that exercise can come in places that are open-air casual, meet-market boisterous or small and quirky. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Las Olas trio, part 2 — Boathouse (hot), El Camino (loud) and Flight 19 (a mystery)," 15 Aug. 2019 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., "South Euclid Burger King drive-thru still faces roadblocks," 30 July 2019 The time was a personal best, topping their state meet time of 3:50.68, which broke the Class 3A record. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "Amouzou, Tabugbo, Valentine among Howard County athletes to compete in national track meet," 19 June 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

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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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“Meet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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)

chiefly US : a large gathering of athletes for a sports competition
British : an event or occasion when people come together to hunt foxes


\ 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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