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[meet] /mit/
verb (used with object), meted, meting.
to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usually followed by out):
to mete out punishment.
Archaic. to measure.
Origin of mete1
before 900; Middle English; Old English metan; cognate with Dutch meten, Old Norse meta, Gothic mitan, German messen to measure, Greek mḗdesthai to ponder
Related forms
unmeted, adjective
1. deal, measure, parcel. Unabridged
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  • A good deal of at best exaggerated blame has likewise been meted out to the references to war in the course of the poem.

    The Age of Tennyson Hugh Walker
  • More punishments are meted out to you than to any other child in the school.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • He had apparently forgotten the terrible role he had accepted and the doom he had meted out to her enemies.

  • With him punishment was meted out with no regard for persons.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • What fate was meted out to him was swift and therefore merciful.

  • But he would be neither, if unnecessary suffering were meted out to his creatures.

    Aurelian William Ware
British Dictionary definitions for meted


verb (transitive)
(usually foll by out) (formal) to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)
verb, noun
(poetic, dialect) (to) measure
Word Origin
Old English metan; compare Old Saxon metan, Old Norse meta, German messen to measure


(rare) a mark, limit, or boundary (esp in the phrase metes and bounds)
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Latin mēta goal, turning post (in race)
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Word Origin and History for meted



"to allot," Old English metan "to measure, mete out; compare, estimate" (class V strong verb; past tense mæt, past participle meten), from Proto-Germanic *metanan (cf. Old Saxon metan, Old Frisian, Old Norse meta, Dutch meten, Old High German mezzan, German messen, Gothic mitan "to measure"), from PIE *med- "to take appropriate measures" (see medical). Used now only with out. Related: Meted; meting.


"boundary," now only in phrase metes and bounds, late 15c., from Old French mete "limit, bounds, frontier," from Latin meta "goal, boundary, post, pillar."



"boundary," now only in phrase metes and bounds, late 15c., from Old French mete "limit, bounds, frontier," from Latin meta "goal, boundary, post, pillar."

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