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[met] /mɛt/
simple past tense and past participle of meet1 .
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unmet, adjective Unabridged
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  • This relieved us of the support of one man, but there were many other needs as yet unmet.

  • Who could say what unmet necessity might handicap him at some critical time?

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • He will come home, but unmet by his dear Or in the hall, or the dingle, Or on the shingle.

    Targum George Borrow
  • So long as these are unmet, you 'spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which satisfieth not.'

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • The Cherry family had been so long in their greetings that they were among the last to pass by the unmet traveller and her pillar.

    The Heart of Arethusa

    Francis Barton Fox
  • "I was not thinking of myself when I made so unmet an exclamation," he explained.

    Mortomley's Estate, Vol. III (of 3)

    Charlotte Elizabeth Lawson Cowan Riddell
  • If the bodily needs of the boy are unmet, he can not reach his full development as a man.

    The Unfolding Life

    Antoinette Abernethy Lamoreaux
  • Never before had she dropped in this way down upon the unexpected; never before had she been unmet, unwelcomed, and unprepared.

    The High Heart Basil King
British Dictionary definitions for unmet


the past tense and past participle of meet1


noun (informal) the Met
(in Britain) the Metropolitan Police Force: the main police force serving London
(in the US) the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Word Origin and History for unmet

c.1600, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of meet (v.).



1879 as colloquial shortening of Metropolitan (n.) "member of the New York Metropolitan Base-Ball Club."

THE baseball season has opened, and along with the twittering of the birds, the budding of the trees, and the clattering of the truck, comes the news that the "Mets were beaten yesterday 17 to 5." It is an infallible sign of spring when the Mets are beaten 17 to 5, and we invariably put on our thinner clothing when we read that refreshing, though perennial news in the papers. ["Life," May 12, 1887]
Used variously to abbreviate other proper names beginning with Metropolitan, e.g. "Metropolitan Museum of Art" (N.Y.), by 1919; "Metropolitan Railway" (stock), by 1890; "Metropolitan Opera Company (N.Y.), by 1922. Related: Mets.



past tense and past participle of meet (v.).

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unmet in Medicine

Met abbr.

MET abbr.
metabolic equivalent

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Idioms and Phrases with unmet


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