verb (used with object), met, meet·ing.
verb (used without object), met, meet·ing.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of meet1
Synonyms for meet
Antonyms for meet
Related Words for meet withacquire, earn, provoke, arouse, obtain, unearth, detect, pinpoint, spot, discover, station, strike, uncover, establish, suffer, undergo, locate, track, observe, identify
verb meets, meeting or met
Word Origin for meet
Word Origin for meet
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.).
Encounter or experience, as in The housing bill met with their approval, or Drunk and homeless, he's bound to meet with a bad end. [Mid-1400s]
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
- go (meet) halfway
- make ends meet
- more than meets the eye