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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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Examples from the Web for meting
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  • Your thoughts have nothing to do with the meting out of human justice.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Thus endowed, will she be capable of meting out the future's larva's portion?

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • It is believed that we have lived to see the meting out of some divine awards.

    Revisiting the Earth James Langdon Hill
  • It is my duty to use this power first of all in meting out justice.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • Then my wrongs should have received full vengeance, and none would have blamed me for meting it out to these two villains.

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
  • The heavy responsibility of meting out justice has fatigued the judges.

British Dictionary definitions for meting


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 meting



"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."

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