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meted; meting

transitive verb

: to give out by measure : dole out
She realized the stern retribution which justice metes to the murderer.Edgar Rice Burroughs
usually used with out
mete out punishment
archaic : measure


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: boundary
metes and bounds

Examples of mete in a Sentence

Verb determined to mete out an appropriate punishment for the CEO guilty of insider trading
Recent Examples on the Web
Execution is a universal punishment for treason; only barbarians violate civilized norms in meting it out. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 In many cases between 1995 and 2000, juries meted lengthy sentences under the mistaken belief that prisoners could earn early parole with good behavior. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, 27 July 2023
Portuguese Bend residents generally favor a system more in tune with metes and bounds, a mapping method that uses physical landmarks such as trees, walls and roads to measure parcels. Jack Flemmingstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2023 But watching him and Kayce and Beth and Rip mete out frontier justice can be uncomfortably satisfying, an atavistic thrill. Sridhar Pappu, The Atlantic, 10 Nov. 2022 See all Example Sentences for mete 

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Word History



Middle English, from Old English metan; akin to Old High German mezzan to measure, Latin modus measure, Greek medesthai to be mindful of


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin meta

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mete was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


meted; meting
: to distribute in a fair or proper manner
mete out rewards

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