encounter

[en-koun-ter]

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to meet, especially unexpectedly or in conflict: We were angry when we encountered, but we parted with smiles.

noun


Nearby words

  1. encomienda,
  2. encomium,
  3. encompass,
  4. encopresis,
  5. encore,
  6. encounter group,
  7. encounter session,
  8. encourage,
  9. encouragement,
  10. encouraging

Origin of encounter

1250–1300; Middle English encountren < Anglo-French enco(u)ntrer; Old French < Vulgar Latin *incontrāre, equivalent to in- in-1 + -contrāre, derivative of contrā against; see counter3

Related formsen·coun·ter·er, nounpre·en·coun·ter, noun, verb (used with object)re·en·coun·ter, verb, nounun·en·coun·tered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for encounter

encounter

verb

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

noun

a meeting with a person or thing, esp when casual or unexpected
a hostile meeting; contest or conflict
Derived Formsencounterer, noun

Word Origin for encounter

C13: from Old French encontrer, from Vulgar Latin incontrāre (unattested), from Latin in- ² + contrā against, opposite

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