- the act of coming together: a chance meeting in the park.
- an assembly or conference of persons for a specific purpose: a ten o'clock business meeting.
- the body of persons present at an assembly or conference: to read a report to the meeting.
- a hostile encounter; duel.
- an assembly for religious worship, especially of Quakers.
- meeting house.
- a place or point of contact; junction; union: the meeting of two roads; the meeting of the waters.
- take a meeting, Informal. to hold, conduct, or participate in a meeting: The producer took a meeting with the cast of the film.
Origin of meeting
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- to come upon; come into the presence of; encounter: I would meet him on the street at unexpected moments.
- to become acquainted with; be introduced to: I've never met your cousin.
- to join at an agreed or designated place or time: Meet me in St. Louis.
- to be present at the arrival of: to meet a train.
- to come to or before (one's notice, or a means of noticing, as the eyes or ears): A peculiar sight met my eyes.
- to come into the company of (a person, group, etc.) in dealings, conference, etc.
- to face, eye, etc., directly or without avoidance.
- to come into physical contact, juxtaposition, or collision with: The two cars met each other head-on at high speed.
- to encounter in opposition, conflict, or contest: Harvard meets Yale next week in football.
- to oppose: to meet charges with countercharges.
- to cope or deal effectively with (an objection, difficulty, etc.).
- to comply with; fulfill; satisfy: to meet a deadline; to meet a demand.
- to pay in full: How will you meet expenses?
- to come into conformity with (wishes, expectations, views, etc.).
- to encounter in experience: to meet hostility.
- to come together, face to face, or into company: We met on the street.
- to assemble for action, conference, or other common purpose, as a committee, legislature, or class: The board of directors will meet on Tuesday.
- to become personally acquainted.
- to come into contact or form a junction, as lines, planes, or areas: The two lines meet to form an angle.
- to be conjoined or united.
- to concur or agree.
- to come together in opposition or conflict, as adversaries or hostile forces.
- an assembly, as of persons and hounds for a hunt or swimmers or runners for a race or series of races: a track meet.
- those assembled.
- the place of such an assembling.
- Mathematics. intersection(def 3a).
- meet with,
- to come across; encounter: to meet with opposition.
- to experience; undergo; receive: The visitors met with courtesy during their stay.
- to join, as for conference or instruction: I met with her an hour a day until we solved the problem.
- meet cute, cute(def 6).
- meet halfway,
- 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.
- to anticipate another's actions and conduct oneself accordingly.
- well met, Archaic. welcome.
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Examples from the Web for meeting
When we had that meeting in the Caribbean, Jeffrey was holding his own and not only was he a pleasant host, he was pleasant guy.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
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I had the pleasure of meeting Stuart Scott several years ago.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
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The resources were what you might expect: Dining room, a media center, a library, a TV room, a meeting room, a computer room.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
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He speaks in a whisper, flanked by the two locals who set up the meeting.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
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As it stands, I do not believe we are anywhere close to meeting that standard.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
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Since their meeting the young man had been her abject cavalier.The Spenders
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Hester Paine was not particularly well pleased with the meeting.
This brings us to his meeting with Halbert Davis at the door.
It was still an hour to the time of meeting, and the Ave-bell was ringing.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
She disliked the idea of meeting Evelyn in the dean's office.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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- an act of coming together; encounter
- an assembly or gathering
- a conjunction or union
- a sporting competition, as of athletes, or of horse racing
- (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
- 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
- (tr) to come to or be at the place of arrival ofto meet a train
- to make the acquaintance of or be introduced to (someone or each other)have you two met?
- to gather in the company of (someone or each other)the board of directors meets on Tuesday
- to come into the presence of (someone or each other) as opponentsJoe meets Fred in the boxing match
- (tr) to cope with effectively; satisfyto meet someone's demands
- (tr) to be apparent to (esp in the phrase meet the eye)
- (tr) to return or counterto meet a blow with another
- to agree with (someone or each other)we met him on the price he suggested
- (tr sometimes foll by with) to experience; sufferhe met his death in a road accident
- to occur togethercourage and kindliness met in him
- (tr) Caribbean to find (a person, situation, etc) in a specified conditionI met the door open
- 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
- the assembly of hounds, huntsmen, etc, prior to a hunt
- a meeting, esp a sports meeting
- US the place where the paths of two railway trains meet or cross
- meet-and-greet a session where a celebrity, etc, is introduced to or questioned by members of the public or journalists
- archaic proper, fitting, or correct
Word Origin and History for meeting
"action of coming together," Old English gemeting, verbal noun from meet (v.). Meaning "gathering of people for discussion, etc." is from 1510s. In 17c., it was applied generally to worship assemblies of nonconformists, but this now is retained mostly by Quakers.
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.
"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.
1831 in the sporting sense, originally of gatherings for hunting, from meet (v.).