\ 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 In recent years, Walmart has pulled about 20 million items off the site that didn’t meet its quality standards. Matthew Boyle,, "Shopify Advances After Deal With Walmart Expands Its Reach," 25 June 2020 Tesla did not meet J.D. Power's study criteria, so it wasn't technically ranked, but people did not like what the EV maker is producing. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Dodge, Kia Take First Place in 2020 J.D. Power Quality Study; Tesla Way Down in Last," 24 June 2020 Parents and student that can’t meet those expectations may not be admitted. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Policy may bar transgender students from Catholic schools in central and southern Indiana," 24 June 2020 Last year, the company for 16 weeks sold another dresser that did not meet the voluntary stability standard. Tricia L. Nadolny, USA TODAY, "'My babies could have died': Harrowing video shows twins tipping anchored Ikea bookcase," 24 June 2020 Louisiana does not meet the federal guidelines for moving into the next phase of fully reopening its economy, Edwards said. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Edwards: Louisiana not ready to loosen COVID-19 restrictions," 23 June 2020 The two girls are not considered critical missing and do not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, Grant said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chaotic scene develops at Milwaukee house at center of police investigation into missing teenage girls," 23 June 2020 New York has since extended the moratorium for two more months, but Ashley doesn't meet the tighter criteria. Vanessa Yurkevich For Cnn Business, CNN, "US faces 'avalanche of evictions' as rent protections expire," 20 June 2020 After an extensive investigation and a thorough review of the available evidence, the SFO said the case didn’t meet the agency’s test required for bringing charges. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "U.K. Serious Fraud Office Ends Investigation Into Bank Note Producer," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun June 28 will be the last day of Churchill Downs' spring meet. Kelly Ward, The Courier-Journal, "Ellis Park moves racing start to July 2 after approval from KHRC," 17 June 2020 That meet has been highly-touted over the years for its hospitality and the elite-level competition from around the state. Jon Poorman, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands’ Noel Hansen retires after successful career," 15 June 2020 Six times a year, during the summer and fall, delegates from both sides of the border meet to discuss pest breeding patterns and control strategies, monitoring reports and local forecasts. Popular Science, "An unprecedented locust swarm is creating unlikely allies," 7 June 2020 In their most recent podcast, the House of Run guys wonder what to do about Christian Coleman and riff on the recent virtual dual meet between Oregon Track Club Elite and Atlanta Track Club. oregonlive, "This year’s Pre Classic goes away, but there still could be live track this summer: Oregon track & field rundown," 26 June 2020 Mays also helped North Canyon's relay team win the 4x400 events at the Husky Invite, the 4x100 and 4x400 races at the Mountain Ridge Invite, and the latter event in a duel meet between North Canyon and Horizon which was also in March. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "North Canyon's Jadyn Mays wins Gatorade Arizona Girls Track and Field Player of the Year," 25 June 2020 John Carlos’ epic performance helped San Jose State win the 1969 NCAA track and field championships in a meet that ended June 21 in Knoxville, Tenn. Steve Kroner,, "June 21, 1969: John Carlos leads San Jose State to NCAA track title," 21 June 2020 Russell Jacquet-Acea, 67, hadn't participated in a meet since February and jumped at the chance to be a part of the Desert Dream-Last Hurrah Invitational, traveling all the way down from Seattle. Jack Williams, azcentral, "Desert Dream-Last Hurrah provides hope, possible solution for return to sports," 15 June 2020 In July, in the second dual meet held between the United States and Soviet Union at Philadelphia, Bell was the U.S. captain. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "IU's Greg Bell 'came out of nowhere' to win Olympic gold, then spent 50 years in dentistry," 13 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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

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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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28 Jun 2020

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“Meet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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