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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When the three met, Harket insisted his bandmates prove themselves. Rob Tannenbaum, Los Angeles Times, "‘Taaaake onnn meee!’ The unkillable, oh-so-profitable afterlife of a-ha’s ‘80s classic," 16 Sep. 2019 Given our climate emergency, meeting these criteria seemed to us to be a reasonable cut score. Bill Bigelow, Teen Vogue, "Textbooks Are Lying To Students About Climate Change," 16 Sep. 2019 The national council is made up of about 1,500 people, including some elected by local councils such as Farthest North, and meets every three years. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Girls Scouts council in Fairbanks wins legal skirmish with national organization," 16 Sep. 2019 That was hours before Trump seemed to rule out a meeting unless the Iranian president met unspecified conditions. Jordan Fabian, Fortune, "After Saudi Oil Attack, Trump Pledges Help for Middle East Allies," 16 Sep. 2019 He was born Richard Theodore Otcasek in Baltimore, according to Reuters, and met bass player and future bandmate Benjamin Orr after moving to Cleveland for high school. CBS News, "Ric Ocasek, rock star and The Cars lead singer, has died," 16 Sep. 2019 There is a clean option that could meet this challenge: Nuclear energy. Katie Tubb For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Nuclear power is essential to solving the world's energy problems," 16 Sep. 2019 The two met while McPhee Foster was competing on American Idol’s fifth season, where Foster served as a guest mentor. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "Katharine McPhee Says She's 'Extremely Proud' to Join Husband David Foster on Tour Next Year," 16 Sep. 2019 And meeting his short deadline will be a stern test for the nation’s largest statistical agency. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Why the U.S. Census Bureau could have trouble complying with Trump’s order to count citizens," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While the game was more of a track meet, three Buffalos players had double digits in tackles — Nautica McCarther (15), Drew Conley (12) and current senior Norman Baker (12). Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Unbeaten Marshall, Manvel resume district football series," 17 Sep. 2019 The Rams won 54-51 in a record-setting track-meet like contest. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland.com, "Browns vs. Rams preview: 5 things to know about Cleveland’s next opponent," 17 Sep. 2019 The Cardinals had only 11 rushing attempts for 20 yards, so this game basically became a track meet for the defensive line. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston’s report card: Position-by-position grades for Ravens’ 23-17 win over Cardinals," 15 Sep. 2019 By Ryan Prior and Doug Criss, CNN (CNN) — A high school student’s win at a swim meet was reinstated after she was initially disqualified because of the way her swimsuit fits her body. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Teen swimmer disqualified over how her swimsuit fit," 12 Sep. 2019 The Seawolves opened the season Aug. 31 with a meet in Fairbanks. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Michael Friess is back as head coach of the UAA cross-country team," 12 Sep. 2019 During a meet in Anchorage last Friday, the female official disqualified a 17-year-old Dimond High School student who had just won a 100-meter freestyle race on the grounds that the seat of her swimsuit was exposing too much of her behind. Tara Law, Time, "Alaskan Teen's Swim Meet Victory Reinstated On Appeal After She Was Disqualified Over a Swimsuit 'Wedgie' an Official Deemed Immodest," 11 Sep. 2019 The girls' mother, Meagan Kowatch, told KTUU that Dreamer had a run-in with the same referee who openly critiqued her suit's fit during a meet. NBC News, "Decision to disqualify Alaska swimmer over bathing suit is overturned," 11 Sep. 2019 Beyond the music, fans got to cool off at the Kia Soul Station human car wash experience and were treated to a fantastic viewing deck with a meet & greet with Above & Beyond. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Electric Zoo Welcomed Over 107,000 Fans to Randall's Island Park," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, sun-sentinel.com, "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. cleveland.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "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 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 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

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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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