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verb
  1. simple past tense and past participle of meet1.
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Related formsun·met, adjective

Met

Biochemistry.
  1. methionine.
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meet1

[meet]
verb (used with object), met, meet·ing.
  1. to come upon; come into the presence of; encounter: I would meet him on the street at unexpected moments.
  2. to become acquainted with; be introduced to: I've never met your cousin.
  3. to join at an agreed or designated place or time: Meet me in St. Louis.
  4. to be present at the arrival of: to meet a train.
  5. to come to or before (one's notice, or a means of noticing, as the eyes or ears): A peculiar sight met my eyes.
  6. to come into the company of (a person, group, etc.) in dealings, conference, etc.
  7. to face, eye, etc., directly or without avoidance.
  8. to come into physical contact, juxtaposition, or collision with: The two cars met each other head-on at high speed.
  9. to encounter in opposition, conflict, or contest: Harvard meets Yale next week in football.
  10. to oppose: to meet charges with countercharges.
  11. to cope or deal effectively with (an objection, difficulty, etc.).
  12. to comply with; fulfill; satisfy: to meet a deadline; to meet a demand.
  13. to pay in full: How will you meet expenses?
  14. to come into conformity with (wishes, expectations, views, etc.).
  15. to encounter in experience: to meet hostility.
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verb (used without object), met, meet·ing.
  1. to come together, face to face, or into company: We met on the street.
  2. to assemble for action, conference, or other common purpose, as a committee, legislature, or class: The board of directors will meet on Tuesday.
  3. to become personally acquainted.
  4. to come into contact or form a junction, as lines, planes, or areas: The two lines meet to form an angle.
  5. to be conjoined or united.
  6. to concur or agree.
  7. to come together in opposition or conflict, as adversaries or hostile forces.
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noun
  1. an assembly, as of persons and hounds for a hunt or swimmers or runners for a race or series of races: a track meet.
  2. those assembled.
  3. the place of such an assembling.
  4. Mathematics. intersection(def 3a).
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Verb Phrases
  1. 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.
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Idioms
  1. meet cute, cute(def 6).
  2. 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.
  3. well met, Archaic. welcome.
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Origin of meet1

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

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Antonyms

met.

met-

  1. variant of meta- before a vowel: metempirical.
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Related Words

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  • We met the son and the old man at one of their mines yesterday.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The elder Milbrey, too, had met her at his son's suggestion.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • As Philothea turned towards her companion, she met Aspasia's earnest gaze.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • As I approached her apartment, the voice of Alcibiades met my ear.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • The West and the East were met in conflict,—the old and the new, the stale and the fresh.

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British Dictionary definitions for met

met

verb
  1. the past tense and past participle of meet 1
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Met

noun the Met informal
  1. (in Britain) the Metropolitan Police Force: the main police force serving London
  2. (in the US) the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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met.

abbreviation for
  1. meteorologicalthe met. office weather report
  2. meteorology
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meet1

verb meets, meeting or met
  1. (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
  2. 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
  3. (tr) to come to or be at the place of arrival ofto meet a train
  4. to make the acquaintance of or be introduced to (someone or each other)have you two met?
  5. to gather in the company of (someone or each other)the board of directors meets on Tuesday
  6. to come into the presence of (someone or each other) as opponentsJoe meets Fred in the boxing match
  7. (tr) to cope with effectively; satisfyto meet someone's demands
  8. (tr) to be apparent to (esp in the phrase meet the eye)
  9. (tr) to return or counterto meet a blow with another
  10. to agree with (someone or each other)we met him on the price he suggested
  11. (tr sometimes foll by with) to experience; sufferhe met his death in a road accident
  12. to occur togethercourage and kindliness met in him
  13. (tr) Caribbean to find (a person, situation, etc) in a specified conditionI met the door open
  14. 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
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noun
  1. the assembly of hounds, huntsmen, etc, prior to a hunt
  2. a meeting, esp a sports meeting
  3. US the place where the paths of two railway trains meet or cross
  4. meet-and-greet a session where a celebrity, etc, is introduced to or questioned by members of the public or journalists
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Derived Formsmeeter, noun

Word Origin

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

meet2

adjective
  1. archaic proper, fitting, or correct
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Derived Formsmeetly, adverb

Word Origin

C13: from variant of Old English gemǣte; related to Old High German māza suitability, Old Norse mǣtr valuable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for met

Met

n.

1879 as colloquial shortening of Metropolitan (n.) "member of the New York Metropolitan Base-Ball Club."

THE baseball season has opened, and along with the twittering of the birds, the budding of the trees, and the clattering of the truck, comes the news that the "Mets were beaten yesterday 17 to 5." It is an infallible sign of spring when the Mets are beaten 17 to 5, and we invariably put on our thinner clothing when we read that refreshing, though perennial news in the papers. ["Life," May 12, 1887]

Used variously to abbreviate other proper names beginning with Metropolitan, e.g. "Metropolitan Museum of Art" (N.Y.), by 1919; "Metropolitan Railway" (stock), by 1890; "Metropolitan Opera Company (N.Y.), by 1922. Related: Mets.

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v.

past tense and past participle of meet (v.).

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meet

v.

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.

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meet

adj.

"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.

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meet

n.

1831 in the sporting sense, originally of gatherings for hunting, from meet (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

met in Medicine

Met

abbr.
  1. methionine
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MET

abbr.
  1. metabolic equivalent
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Idioms and Phrases with met

met

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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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