meet cute, cute(def 6).
    meet halfway,
    1. 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.
    2. to anticipate another's actions and conduct oneself accordingly.
    well met, Archaic. welcome.

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

Synonyms for meet

Antonyms for meet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for meet with



verb meets, meeting or met

(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
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 with



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with meet with

meet with

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

also see:

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