- to come upon or meet with, especially unexpectedly: to encounter a new situation.
- to meet with or contend against (difficulties, opposition, etc.): We encounter so many problems in our work.
- to meet (a person, military force, etc.) in conflict: We will encounter the enemy at dawn.
- to meet, especially unexpectedly or in conflict: We were angry when we encountered, but we parted with smiles.
- a meeting with a person or thing, especially a casual, unexpected, or brief meeting: Our running into each other was merely a chance encounter.
- a meeting of persons or groups that are in conflict or opposition; combat; battle: Another such encounter and we may lose the war.
- Psychology. a meeting of two or more people, as the members of an encounter group or a number of married couples (marriage encounter), conducted to promote direct emotional confrontations among the participants, especially as a form of therapy (encounter therapy).
Origin of encounter
- to come upon or meet casually or unexpectedly
- to come into conflict with (an enemy, army, etc) in battle or contest
- (tr) to be faced with; contend withhe encounters many obstacles in his work
- a meeting with a person or thing, esp when casual or unexpected
- a hostile meeting; contest or conflict
Word Origin and History for pre-encounter
c.1300, "to meet as an adversary," from Old French encontrer "confront," from encontre (see encounter (n.). Weakened sense of "casually meet" first recorded in English early 16c. Related: Encountered; encountering.
c.1300, "meeting of adversaries, confrontation," from Old French encontre "meeting; fight; opportunity," noun use of preposition/adverb encontre "against, counter to" from Late Latin incontra "in front of," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + contra "against" (see contra). Modern use of the word in psychology is from 1967, from the work of U.S. psychologist Carl Rogers (1902-1987). Encounter group attested from 1967.