\ 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 The dispute began in the Wylam community and continued when the two men met again in Brighton. Carol Robinson |, al, "2 Sunday-morning shootings in Brighton under investigation," 10 Nov. 2019 Insurance companies have refused to pay the claims, saying that the failure does not meet their definition of a structural collapse. Kathleen Mcwilliams,, "State grants more money for homeowners with failing foundations to make repairs," 9 Nov. 2019 The teams met for only the second time ever in as many years in the season finale with the district title on the line. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball Memorial clinches first district title in program history with win over Cy Ranch," 9 Nov. 2019 Yang appears to have qualified for the November date, but has not yet met the polling threshold for the December debate. NBC News, "Andrew Yang releases first TV ad in Iowa," 8 Nov. 2019 Apollo is issuing a $1.8 billion loan to finance the deal, at an expensive 11.5 percent interest rate, and could gain control of the board if the company does not meet financial expectations, the union determined. Washington Post, "As Gannett merger nears completion, union claims deal “threatens journalism”," 8 Nov. 2019 The shortcoming in the rudder cable design was cited in a Seattle Times story in May among a list of Max design elements that don't meet the latest FAA requirements. Author: Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "New questions raised on safety of both Boeing 737 Max and 787 Dreamliner," 8 Nov. 2019 Ultimately, Hartkopp determined the situation did not meet Colorado’s hazing statute. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "15 years after pledge’s hazing death, relationship between CU and Boulder’s fraternities “nonexistent”," 8 Nov. 2019 The conference finals also were played over two legs before the Eastern and Western conference champions met in the winner-take-all MLS Cup final. Chris Fuhrmeister, Pro Soccer USA, "Atlanta United players find pros and cons in new MLS Cup playoffs format," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Del Mar’s fall meet began Nov. 6 and runs through Dec. 3., "Two days after shocking the best women’s basketball team in the world, the top-ranked Oregon Ducks easily won their season opener.," 12 Nov. 2019 China's shopping-meets-entertainment annual event, which was originally created to celebrate singlehood, hit a record $38 billion in sales on Monday, including $12 billion in just the first hour. NBC News, "China's mega shopping event, Singles Day, sold more in 24 hours than Amazon sells in two months," 11 Nov. 2019 Their father had been a constant presence in their lives, playing Squeak on family game night, reading books aloud, and rooting for Kalee at track and cheerleading meets. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "‘I’m gonna lose everything’," 9 Nov. 2019 In order to see one another, Seyed Amin Sam Motaghedi of Belmont and his fiance, Roya Ghobadi, who lives in Iran, meet in a third country in East Asia, such as Vietnam or Malaysia. Tatiana Sanchez,, "Iranian families separated by Trump travel ban sue over waiver delays," 9 Nov. 2019 The premise of such forums is simple: The manager and his staff meet with some of their club’s most ardent fans, giving them a chance to explain their ideas, and the fans an opportunity to express their concerns and hopes for the season ahead. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Pep Effect," 8 Nov. 2019 Champion was eighth at state a year ago, and six of those runners competed at this year’s regional meet. David Hinojosa,, "Boerne Champion girls hope for golden return," 7 Nov. 2019 After every death of a mentally ill inmate, behavioral health and jail staff meet to review the case and determine if there are ways to prevent similar fatalities in the future. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 The best from District 19-6A and District 20-6A meet in the bi-district round of the Region III-6A playoffs Nov. 4-5. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD, Fort Bend ISD meet again to open volleyball playoffs," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of meet was before the 12th century

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How to pronounce meet (audio)

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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