1

mete

play
verb \ˈmēt\

Definition of mete

meted

;

meting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 archaic :  measure

Origin and Etymology of mete

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

mete

noun

Definition of mete

  1. :  boundary metes and bounds

Origin and Etymology of mete

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin meta


First Known Use: 15th century



METE Defined for Kids

mete

play
verb \ˈmēt\

Definition of mete for Students

meted

;

meting

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mete? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the point at which something begins

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!