Nearby words

  1. meer,
  2. meer, jan van der,
  3. meerkat,
  4. meerschaum,
  5. meerut,
  6. meet and greet,
  7. meet one's match,
  8. meet one's waterloo,
  9. meet the requirements,
  10. meet up with


Origin of meet

before 900; Middle English meten, Old English gemētan; cognate with Old Norse mœta, Old Saxon mōtian. See moot1

Related formsmeet·er, noun

Can be confusedmeat meet


[ meet ]
/ mit /


suitable; fitting; proper.

Origin of meet

before 1000; Middle English mete, aphetic variant (see y-) of imete; representing Old English gemǣte suitable, cognate with German gemäss conformable

Related formsmeet·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for meet

British Dictionary definitions for meet


/ (miːt) /

verb meets, meeting or met


Derived Formsmeeter, noun

Word Origin for meet

Old English mētan; related to Old Norse mœta, Old Saxon mōtian


archaic proper, fitting, or correct
Derived Formsmeetly, adverb

Word Origin for meet

C13: from variant of Old English gemǣte; related to Old High German māza suitability, Old Norse mǣtr valuable

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Word Origin and History for meet
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Idioms and Phrases with meet


In addition to the idioms beginning with meet

  • meeting of the minds
  • meet one's match
  • meet one's Waterloo
  • meet the requirements
  • meet up with
  • meet with

also see:

  • go (meet) halfway
  • make ends meet
  • more than meets the eye
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