[ meet ]
/ mit /
verb (used with object), met, meet·ing.
to come upon; come into the presence of; encounter: I would meet him on the street at unexpected moments.
to become acquainted with; be introduced to: I've never met your cousin.
to join at an agreed or designated place or time: Meet me in St. Louis.
to be present at the arrival of: to meet a train.
to come to or before (one's notice, or a means of noticing, as the eyes or ears): A peculiar sight met my eyes.
to come into the company of (a person, group, etc.) in dealings, conference, etc.
to face, eye, etc., directly or without avoidance.
to come into physical contact, juxtaposition, or collision with: The two cars met each other head-on at high speed.
to encounter in opposition, conflict, or contest: Harvard meets Yale next week in football.
to oppose: to meet charges with countercharges.
to cope or deal effectively with (an objection, difficulty, etc.).
to comply with; fulfill; satisfy: to meet a deadline; to meet a demand.
to pay in full: How will you meet expenses?
to come into conformity with (wishes, expectations, views, etc.).
to encounter in experience: to meet hostility.
verb (used without object), met, meet·ing.
to come together, face to face, or into company: We met on the street.
to assemble for action, conference, or other common purpose, as a committee, legislature, or class: The board of directors will meet on Tuesday.
to become personally acquainted.
to come into contact or form a junction, as lines, planes, or areas: The two lines meet to form an angle.
to be conjoined or united.
to concur or agree.
to come together in opposition or conflict, as adversaries or hostile forces.
an assembly, as of persons and hounds for a hunt or swimmers or runners for a race or series of races: a track meet.
the place of such an assembling.
Mathematics. intersection(def 3a).
- 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.
Words nearby meet
Idioms for meet
- 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.
meet cute, cute(def 6).
well met, Archaic. welcome.
Origin of meet1
before 900; Middle English meten, Old English gemētan; cognate with Old Norse mœta, Old Saxon mōtian. See moot1
SYNONYMS FOR meet
OTHER WORDS FROM meetmeet·er, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH meetmeat meet
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British Dictionary definitions for meet with (1 of 2)
/ (miːt) /
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 forms of meetmeeter, noun
Word Origin for meet
Old English mētan; related to Old Norse mœta, Old Saxon mōtian
British Dictionary definitions for meet with (2 of 2)
/ (miːt) /
archaic proper, fitting, or correct
Derived forms of meetmeetly, 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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Idioms and Phrases with meet with (1 of 2)
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]
Idioms and Phrases with meet with (2 of 2)
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
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