- (used as a salutation or part of a salutation).
Origin of well-met
- 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.
Origin of meet1
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- (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 well met
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.).