mete

verb
\ ˈmēt How to pronounce mete (audio) \
meted; meting

Definition of mete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : 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
2 archaic : measure

mete

noun

Definition of mete (Entry 2 of 2)

: boundary metes and bounds

Examples of mete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lynne said that Jamie uses that information to mete out punishments and rewards. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 5 Aug. 2021 Yet the issue of how to mete out the research money has been hotly debated. New York Times, 18 May 2021 Fans can now take a peek at what to expect, as formidable businesswoman Eniola Salami, played by Nollywood veteran Sola Sobowale, returns to Nigeria after a five-year exile eager to mete out blood-curdling punishments to her adversaries. Anita Patrick, CNN, 16 Aug. 2021 Two Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judges doled out disparate sentences this week to women who stole public money in separate cases, reigniting calls to create a statewide sentencing database to ensure judges mete out fair punishments. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 12 Aug. 2021 Lynne said that Jamie uses that information to mete out punishments and rewards. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 5 Aug. 2021 Lynne said that Jamie uses that information to mete out punishments and rewards. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 5 Aug. 2021 Lynne said that Jamie uses that information to mete out punishments and rewards. Claudia Rosenbaum, Vulture, 27 July 2021 In Arlington, months of debate have centered on whether the civilian board should be able to launch its own probes or mete out discipline. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Common sense would dictate asking for nothing short of the moon back, especially with the leverage mete running. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 22 Dec. 2019 It has not yet been snared in a catalog of designations and coordinates, of metes and bounds. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, 10 Jan. 2019 It has not yet been snared in a catalog of designations and coordinates, of metes and bounds. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of mete

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mete

Verb

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

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin meta

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

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12 Sep 2021

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“Mete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mete. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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mete

verb
\ ˈmēt How to pronounce mete (audio) \
meted; meting

Kids Definition of mete

: to distribute as deserved The judge will mete out punishment.

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