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 The raging, swirling winds that struck Bowling Green did not mete out their damage evenly. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 When the time comes, demons barrel onto Earth to mete out a grisly death sentence. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 27 Nov. 2021 That prohibition is one of the most serious punishments a court can mete out to people accused of violating investor-protection laws. Dave Michaels, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2021 The amendment would empower it to investigate complaints against officers and directly mete out punishment. Washington Post, 8 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. 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is an interesting linguistic development, given that the etymology of the word meat can be traced back to the old English mete, which denoted foodstuffs more generally. Sarah Garland, The New Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 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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29 Dec 2021

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“Mete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mete. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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