mete out

Definition of mete out

  1. :  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

  1. :  to give out by measure :  dole out

    :  measure

  1. :  boundary

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

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

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

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

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

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

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contemplative of or relative to the past

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