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Definitions of meet

meet1 (miːt



Word forms:   meets,  meeting or ,  met
  1. sometimes foll by up or(US) with to come together (with), either by design or by accident; encounter   ⇒  ■ I met him unexpectedly,   ⇒  ■ we met at the station
  2. to come into or be in conjunction or contact with (something or each other)   ⇒  ■ the roads meet in the town,   ⇒  ■ the sea meets the sky
  3. (transitive) to come to or be at the place of arrival of   ⇒  ■ to meet a train
  4. to make the acquaintance of or be introduced to (someone or each other)   ⇒  ■ have you two met?
  5. to gather in the company of (someone or each other)   ⇒  ■ the board of directors meets on Tuesday
  6. to come into the presence of (someone or each other) as opponents   ⇒  ■ Joe meets Fred in the boxing match
  7. (transitive) to cope with effectively; satisfy   ⇒  ■ to meet someone's demands
  8. (transitive) to be apparent to (esp in the phrase meet the eye)
  9. (transitive) to return or counter   ⇒  ■ to meet a blow with another
  10. to agree with (someone or each other)   ⇒  ■ we met him on the price he suggested
  11. (transitive) sometimes foll by with to experience; suffer   ⇒  ■ he met his death in a road accident
  12. to occur together   ⇒  ■ courage and kindliness met in him
  13. (transitive) (Caribbean) to find (a person, situation, etc) in a specified condition   ⇒  ■ I met the door open
  14. See meet and greet



  1. the assembly of hounds, huntsmen, etc, prior to a hunt
  2. a meeting, esp a sports meeting
  3. (US) the place where the paths of two railway trains meet or cross
  4. See meet-and-greet

Derived Forms

ˈmeeter  noun

Word Origin

Old English mētan; related to Old Norse mœta, Old Saxon mōtian


View thesaurus entry
= encounter, come across, run into, happen on, find, contact, confront, bump into (informal), run across, chance on, come face to face with
= be introduced to, get to know, make the acquaintance of
= gather, collect, assemble, get together, rally, come together, muster, convene, congregate, foregather
= fulfil, match (up to), answer, perform, handle, carry out, equal, satisfy, cope with, discharge, comply with, come up to, conform to, gratify, measure up to
= pay for, clear, settle, square, honour, satisfy, account for, discharge
= converge, unite, join, cross, touch, connect, come together, link up, adjoin, intersect, abut
= sports event, competition, tournament, contest

meet2 (miːt



  1. (archaic) proper, fitting, or correct

Derived Forms

ˈmeetly  adverb

Word Origin

C13: from variant of Old English gemǣte; related to Old High German māza suitability, Old Norse mǣtr valuable

Translations for 'meet'

  • British English: meet If you meet someone, you happen to be in the same place as them and start talking to them. You may know the other person, but be surprised to see them, or you may not know them at all.I met my uncle in town today.miːt VERBperson
  • Arabic: يُقَابِلُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: encontrar
  • Chinese: 遇见
  • Croatian: susresti
  • Czech: seznámit se seznamovat se
  • Danish: møde
  • Dutch: ontmoeten
  • European Spanish: conocer
  • Finnish: tavata
  • French: rencontrer
  • German: treffen
  • Greek: συναντώ
  • Italian: incontrare
  • Japanese: ~に会う
  • Korean: ...와 만나다
  • Norwegian: møte
  • Polish: spotkać spotykać
  • Portuguese: encontrar
  • Romanian: a întâlni
  • Russian: встречать
  • Spanish: conocer
  • Swedish: träffa
  • Thai: พบ
  • Turkish: karşılamak
  • Ukrainian: зустрічати(ся) зустріти(ся)
  • Vietnamese: gặp
  • British English: meet If people meet, they happen to be in the same place and start talking to each other. They may know each other, but be surprised to see each other, or they may not know each other at all.We met by chance.miːt VERBpeople
  • Arabic: يَجتَمِعُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: encontrar
  • Chinese: 相遇
  • Croatian: naći se
  • Czech: setkat se setkávat se
  • Danish: mødes
  • Dutch: elkaar ontmoeten
  • European Spanish: encontrarse
  • Finnish: kohdata
  • French: se rencontrer
  • German: zusammenkommen
  • Greek: συναντώ
  • Italian: incontrarsi
  • Japanese: 会う
  • Korean: 만나다
  • Norwegian: møte
  • Polish: spotkać się spotykać się
  • Portuguese: reunir-se
  • Romanian: a se întâlni
  • Russian: встречаться
  • Spanish: encontrarse
  • Swedish: träffas
  • Thai: พบโดยบังเอิญ
  • Turkish: karşılaşmak
  • Ukrainian: бачитися побачитися
  • Vietnamese: họp

Example Sentences Including 'meet'

She saw the hooks of the Stilken scything forward, towards her, almost certain to meet around her waist.
We'll meet you there in half an hour -'Walter -'Jack -' Never mind Julian.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)
It would be the only way to meet their expectations, like me being the Abhorsen-in-Waiting.


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