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 metclash, greet, face, see, contact, find, reach, satisfy, match, join, appear, show, gather, sit, open, engage, hit, affront, tumble, confront
Examples from the Web for met
Contemporary Examples of met
According to a Yemeni intelligence source, Saïd met with the notorious U.S. preacher Anwar al Awlaki.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
After the screening, Jolie, who says she renewed her faith in “the divine” during filming, met briefly with the pope.Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds
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January 8, 2015
And then I met him before I started doing the impression of him when he was a guest on SNL for a moment.
Also, she was tall and thin, too, further adding to the ways she met the physical beauty conventions.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
I was friends with her drummer from Sleater-Kinney, and I met Carrie, and we just hit it off.
Historical Examples of met
We met the son and the old man at one of their mines yesterday.
The elder Milbrey, too, had met her at his son's suggestion.
As Philothea turned towards her companion, she met Aspasia's earnest gaze.
As I approached her apartment, the voice of Alcibiades met my ear.
The West and the East were met in conflict,—the old and the new, the stale and the fresh.
noun the Met informal
verb meets, meeting or met
Word Origin for meet
Word Origin for meet
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.
past tense and past participle of 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.
"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.).
See under 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
- go (meet) halfway
- make ends meet
- more than meets the eye