take a meeting, Informal. to hold, conduct, or participate in a meeting: The producer took a meeting with the cast of the film.

Origin of meeting

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at meet1, -ing1
Related formssub·meet·ing, noun

Synonyms for meeting



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.
those assembled.
the place of such an assembling.
Mathematics. intersection(def 3a).

Verb Phrases

meet with,
  1. to come across; encounter: to meet with opposition.
  2. to experience; undergo; receive: The visitors met with courtesy during their stay.
  3. to join, as for conference or instruction: I met with her an hour a day until we solved the problem.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for meeting



an act of coming together; encounter
an assembly or gathering
a conjunction or union
a sporting competition, as of athletes, or of horse racing



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 meeting

"action of coming together," Old English gemeting, verbal noun from meet (v.). Meaning "gathering of people for discussion, etc." is from 1510s. In 17c., it was applied generally to worship assemblies of nonconformists, but this now is retained mostly by Quakers.



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 meeting


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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