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[greet] /grit/
verb (used with object)
to address with some form of salutation; welcome.
to meet or receive:
to be greeted by cheering crowds; to greet a proposal with boos and hisses.
to manifest itself to:
Music greeted his ear as he entered the salon.
verb (used without object)
Obsolete. to give salutations on meeting.
Origin of greet1
before 900; Middle English greten, Old English grētan; cognate with German grüssen
Related forms
greeter, noun
1. hail, accost.


[greet] /grit/ Scot. and North England Archaic.
verb (used without object)
to grieve; lament; cry.
verb (used with object)
to lament; bewail.
before 900; Middle English grete, Old English grǣtan; cognate with ON grāta, Gothic gretan Unabridged
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  • Charley Guttery, the landlord, was there to greet the minstrels.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • In his haste to greet the fishing-skipper he left his daughter to the care of Captain Mayo.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • I sprang to my feet with a cry of surprise and then ran forward to greet her.

    Pharos, The Egyptian Guy Newell Boothby
  • greet our friends, and assure them of my desire to further their interests.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • She came, with an inquiring and yet not wholly unconscious look, to the fireside, and he stood up to greet her.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for greet


verb (transitive)
to meet or receive with expressions of gladness or welcome
to send a message of friendship to
to receive in a specified manner: her remarks were greeted by silence
to become apparent to: the smell of bread greeted him
Word Origin
Old English grētan; related to Old High German gruozzen to address


(intransitive) to weep; lament
weeping; lamentation
Word Origin
from Old English grētan, northern dialect variant of grætan; compare Old Norse grāta, Middle High German grazen
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Word Origin and History for greet

Old English gretan "to come in contact with" (in sense of "attack, accost" as well as "salute, welcome," and "touch, take hold of, handle"), from West Germanic *grotjan (cf. Old Saxon grotian, Old Frisian greta, Dutch groeten, Old High German gruozen, German grüßen "to salute, greet"), perhaps originally "to resound" (via notion of "cause to speak"), causative of Proto-Germanic *grætanan, root of Old English grætan (Anglian gretan) "weep, bewail," from PIE *gher- "to call out." Greet still can mean "cry, weep" in Scottish & northern England dialect, though this might be from a different root. Grætan is probably also the source of the second element in regret. Related: Greeted; greeting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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