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verb (used with object), met, meet·ing.
  1. to come upon; come into the presence of; encounter: I would meet him on the street at unexpected moments.
  2. to become acquainted with; be introduced to: I've never met your cousin.
  3. to join at an agreed or designated place or time: Meet me in St. Louis.
  4. to be present at the arrival of: to meet a train.
  5. to come to or before (one's notice, or a means of noticing, as the eyes or ears): A peculiar sight met my eyes.
  6. to come into the company of (a person, group, etc.) in dealings, conference, etc.
  7. to face, eye, etc., directly or without avoidance.
  8. to come into physical contact, juxtaposition, or collision with: The two cars met each other head-on at high speed.
  9. to encounter in opposition, conflict, or contest: Harvard meets Yale next week in football.
  10. to oppose: to meet charges with countercharges.
  11. to cope or deal effectively with (an objection, difficulty, etc.).
  12. to comply with; fulfill; satisfy: to meet a deadline; to meet a demand.
  13. to pay in full: How will you meet expenses?
  14. to come into conformity with (wishes, expectations, views, etc.).
  15. to encounter in experience: to meet hostility.
verb (used without object), met, meet·ing.
  1. to come together, face to face, or into company: We met on the street.
  2. to assemble for action, conference, or other common purpose, as a committee, legislature, or class: The board of directors will meet on Tuesday.
  3. to become personally acquainted.
  4. to come into contact or form a junction, as lines, planes, or areas: The two lines meet to form an angle.
  5. to be conjoined or united.
  6. to concur or agree.
  7. to come together in opposition or conflict, as adversaries or hostile forces.
noun
  1. an assembly, as of persons and hounds for a hunt or swimmers or runners for a race or series of races: a track meet.
  2. those assembled.
  3. the place of such an assembling.
  4. Mathematics. intersection(def 3a).
Verb Phrases
  1. meet with,
    1. to come across; encounter: to meet with opposition.
    2. to experience; undergo; receive: The visitors met with courtesy during their stay.
    3. to join, as for conference or instruction: I met with her an hour a day until we solved the problem.
Idioms
  1. meet cute, cute(def 6).
  2. meet halfway,
    1. to concede in part, as to the demands of an opposing faction; make concessions, as to another person; compromise: Despite their differences, the union and the company finally agreed to meet halfway and settle their dispute.
    2. to anticipate another's actions and conduct oneself accordingly.
  3. well met, Archaic. welcome.

Origin of meet1

before 900; Middle English meten, Old English gemētan; cognate with Old Norse mœta, Old Saxon mōtian. See moot1
Related formsmeet·er, noun
Can be confusedmeat meet

Synonyms

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7. confront. 8. join, connect, intersect, cross, converge, unite. 17. collect. 23. contest, competition.

Antonyms

17. adjourn, scatter. 19. diverge.

meet2

[meet]
adjective
  1. suitable; fitting; proper.

Origin of meet2

before 1000; Middle English mete, aphetic variant (see y-) of imete; representing Old English gemǣte suitable, cognate with German gemäss conformable
Related formsmeet·ness, noun

Synonyms

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apt, appropriate.
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Examples from the Web for meet

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  • No, Bines; they'll be here presently, and you can meet them, anyway.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • That reminds me; they're friends of ours, too, and I must have you meet them.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • May Heaven bless you, and permit us to meet again in another world, if not in this!

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He was far from expecting to meet him on shipboard bound to India.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I should like to meet him face to face, and charge him with his treachery.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for meet

meet1

verb meets, meeting or met
  1. (sometimes foll by up or ( US ) with) to come together (with), either by design or by accident; encounterI 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. (tr) to come to or be at the place of arrival ofto 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 opponentsJoe meets Fred in the boxing match
  7. (tr) to cope with effectively; satisfyto meet someone's demands
  8. (tr) to be apparent to (esp in the phrase meet the eye)
  9. (tr) to return or counterto meet a blow with another
  10. to agree with (someone or each other)we met him on the price he suggested
  11. (tr sometimes foll by with) to experience; sufferhe met his death in a road accident
  12. to occur togethercourage and kindliness met in him
  13. (tr) Caribbean to find (a person, situation, etc) in a specified conditionI met the door open
  14. meet and greet (of a celebrity, politician, etc) to have a session of being introduced to and questioned by members of the public or journalists
noun
  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. meet-and-greet a session where a celebrity, etc, is introduced to or questioned by members of the public or journalists
Derived Formsmeeter, noun

Word Origin

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

meet2

adjective
  1. archaic proper, fitting, or correct
Derived Formsmeetly, adverb

Word Origin

C13: from variant of Old English gemǣte; related to Old High German māza suitability, Old Norse mǣtr valuable
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Word Origin and History for meet

v.

Old English metan "to find, find out; fall in with, encounter; obtain," from Proto-Germanic *motjan (cf. Old Norse mæta, Old Frisian meta, Old Saxon motian "to meet," Gothic gamotijan), from PIE root *mod- "to meet, assemble." Related to Old English gemot "meeting." Meaning "to assemble" is from 1520s. Of things, "to come into contact," c.1300. Related: Met; meeting. To meet (someone) halfway in the figurative sense is from 1620s.

adj.

"proper, fitting," Old English gemæte, Anglian *gemete, "suitable, having the same dimensions," from Proto-Germanic *ga-mætijaz (cf. Old Norse mætr, Old High German gimagi, German gemäß "suitable"), from collective prefix *ga- + PIE *med- "to measure" (see medical (adj.)). The basic formation is thus the same as that of commensurate.

n.

1831 in the sporting sense, originally of gatherings for hunting, from meet (v.).

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Idioms and Phrases with meet

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