\ ˈmēt How to pronounce meet (audio) \
met\ ˈmet How to pronounce meet (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 In a deposition video obtained by The Times, Courtland Young said that after news outlets published stories discussing Hussle’s involvement, an officer from the nearby Wilshire Community Police Station asked to meet. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, "Nipsey Hussle helped to save this L.A. skating rink. Now its future is uncertain," 6 Jan. 2021 Each product is vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated to meet the European Union's standards of clean beauty. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Merit Is a Makeup Minimalist's Dream," 6 Jan. 2021 Congress is set to meet on Wednesday at 1 p.m. EST as protesters descend on Washington. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "What to expect when Congress meets to count Electoral College votes and Republicans object," 6 Jan. 2021 Because Notre Dame is playing single high, the linebackers must flow hard towards the line of scrimmage to meet the pulling guard and tight end. cleveland, "Previewing the Ohio State-Alabama CFP Championship: Jimmies and Joes vs. X’s and O’s," 6 Jan. 2021 When both chambers of Congress meet at 1 p.m. tomorrow, expect at least a dozen lawmakers to try to derail the normally boring rollcall of states and dispute the results. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why Republican Lawmakers Are Dividing Into Two Camps Over Election Reality," 5 Jan. 2021 The rally coincides on the same day that lawmakers will meet for a joint session to certify the Electoral College results, the last step in cementing Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "DC mayor urges residents to stay away from pro-Trump rally, guns will be banned," 5 Jan. 2021 In November, the mayor of Denver ignored his own travel advice and boarded a plane to meet his wife and daughter for Thanksgiving. Washington Post, "Arizona’s governor urged residents to stay home. His adult son posted maskless videos at a crowded, indoor dance party.," 5 Jan. 2021 The grant money couldn’t have come at a better time for the Ferndale Cat Shelter, which operates the Catfe Lounge, a space where people can enjoy coffee or tea and meet cats that are up for adoption. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "She adopted a kitten, wrote an essay and won $50K for a Ferndale shelter," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chip admitted having an intense heart-to-heart with his father, the track coach, after almost missing the 110-meter hurdles race during a meet. Alexis Cubit, USA TODAY, "A winning legacy: Shallowater’s Chuck Darden shares love of coaching with sons," 31 Dec. 2020 If the Illinois High School Association does hold a state meet this season, Boyle expects Senese to challenge him for the state title in the 50. Matt Le Cren,, "‘It clicked’: Neuqua Valley sprinter Jimmy Senese navigates twists and turns, takes need for speed in swimming to University of Tampa," 17 Dec. 2020 Tired of being an outlier on the desk, Yasmin sets up a meet with her family friend Maxim, who’s setting up a new fund. Washington Post, "What to watch on Monday: ‘A Suitable Boy’ on Acorn TV," 7 Dec. 2020 Organizers put together a track meet at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and attracted elite fields. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Cathedral's Cole Hocker runs historic 5,000 meters," 5 Dec. 2020 Canterbury Park has unveiled its plans for the 2021 racing season, proposing a 65-day meet from May 18-Sept. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, "Canterbury Park proposes 65-day meet for 2021 with a return of Sunday races," 16 Nov. 2020 The solid jockey/trainer combo of Mike Robbins and Oscar Peinado have had had a fine meet and have teamed up to win at a 19% ratio. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: The case for Swiss Skydiver," 15 Nov. 2020 Because of COVID-19-related travel concerns and restrictions, at this point UAA doesn’t have a single home meet on the schedule beyond a Dec. 13 intrasquad scrimmage. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "UAA gymnasts stand on their hands in an effort to save their team," 13 Nov. 2020 In fact, throughout the 12 years Lakeshore has hosted a swim program, no Titan had previously ever walked out of a metro meet with a title in any event. Mike Gegenheimer | Contributing Writer,, "Lakeshore's Jacob Price, Mandeville's Ellie Fritscher lead metro swim meet," 5 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The annual barrage of meet-cute holiday movies may not be so feel-good if you just got dumped on Turkey Day. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Experiencing heartbreak? Here are 20 movies to help cope with your holiday breakup," 30 Nov. 2020 Putin’s announcement has been meet with near-global skepticism. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Florida selected to participate in federal COVID-19 vaccine pilot program," 13 Aug. 2020 Fact: Only a fraction of the tests advertised meet FDA specifications. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Busted! The 4 biggest myths about COVID-19 antibody testing," 10 July 2020 Six other cases did not meet definitions provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention., "The Missouri man is the state’s first death related to an outbreak of lung disease linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping-related devices, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said. Eight vaping-related deaths have been recorded in the United States.," 21 Sep. 2019 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

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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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12 Jan 2021

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“Meet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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