- 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.
- Obsolete. to give salutations on meeting.
Origin of greet1
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- to grieve; lament; cry.
- to lament; bewail.
Origin of greet2
Examples from the Web for greeted
In contrast, Boehner's leadership team filed into his ceremonial office and greeted the teary newly-elected Speaker with hugs.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup
Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich
January 6, 2015
Ramos would help set the tone of the day when he greeted the arriving students outside the school.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
Team Christie has greeted the committee's news with somewhat predictable gloating.Democrats Clear Christie In Bridgegate Investigation
December 5, 2014
It appears that even the president sensed his announcement would be greeted with skepticism.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson
December 2, 2014
Indeed, he was greeted by his constituents as something of a household god.Despite Crack and Graft, D.C. Loved ‘Hizzoner’ Marion Barry
November 23, 2014
The Milbreys, father and son, came up and greeted the group on the piazza.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Malbone knew the whole company, and greeted them with his accustomed ease.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"Then prepare to be greeted with an icy blast," predicted Emma.
"I'm so glad you've come," greeted Grace as her friend entered their room.
The reading of the letter was greeted with prolonged applause.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- to meet or receive with expressions of gladness or welcome
- to send a message of friendship to
- to receive in a specified mannerher remarks were greeted by silence
- to become apparent tothe smell of bread greeted him
- (intr) to weep; lament
- weeping; lamentation
Word Origin and History for greeted
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.