mete out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of mete out

: to give (something) to the people who one decides should get it : to give out or distribute (something)
  • We're trying to be fair in meting out rewards and punishments.
usually used to refer to something unpleasant (such as punishment)
  • Huge fines were meted out as punishment.
  • The king meted out justice as he saw fit.

Word by Word Definitions

mete play
  1. : to give out by measure : dole out

  2. : measure

  1. : boundary

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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