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greet

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[ greet ]
/ grit /
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verb (used with object)
to address with some form of salutation; welcome.
to meet or receive: to be greeted by cheering crowds; to greet a proposal with boos and hisses.
to manifest itself to: Music greeted his ear as he entered the salon.
verb (used without object)
Obsolete. to give salutations on meeting.
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Origin of greet

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before 900; Middle English greten,Old English grētan; cognate with German grüssen

OTHER WORDS FROM greet

greeter, noun

Other definitions for greet (2 of 2)

greet2
[ greet ]
/ grit /
Scot. and North England Archaic.

verb (used without object)
to grieve; lament; cry.
verb (used with object)
to lament; bewail.

Origin of greet

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before 900; Middle English grete,Old English grǣtan; cognate with ON grāta, Gothic gretan
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British Dictionary definitions for greet (1 of 2)

greet1
/ (ɡriːt) /

verb (tr)
to meet or receive with expressions of gladness or welcome
to send a message of friendship to
to receive in a specified mannerher remarks were greeted by silence
to become apparent tothe smell of bread greeted him

Word Origin for greet

Old English grētan; related to Old High German gruozzen to address

British Dictionary definitions for greet (2 of 2)

greet2
/ (ɡriːt) Scot /

verb
(intr) to weep; lament
noun
weeping; lamentation

Word Origin for greet

from Old English grētan, northern dialect variant of grætan; compare Old Norse grāta, Middle High German grazen
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