mete

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[ meet ]
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verb (used with object), met·ed, met·ing.

to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usually followed by out): to mete out punishment.
Archaic. to measure.

Nearby words

  1. metazoa,
  2. metazoan,
  3. metazoonosis,
  4. metchnikoff,
  5. metchnikoff, élie,
  6. metecdysis,
  7. metempirical,
  8. metempirics,
  9. metempsychosis,
  10. metencephalic

Origin of mete

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before 900; Middle English; Old English metan; cognate with Dutch meten, Old Norse meta, Gothic mitan, German messen to measure, Greek mḗdesthai to ponder

Related formsun·met·ed, adjective

mete

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[ meet ]
/ mit /

noun

a limiting mark.
a limit or boundary.

Origin of mete

2
1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin mēta goal, turning post

Met.E.

metallurgical engineer.
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British Dictionary definitions for mete

mete

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/ (miːt) /

verb (tr)

(usually foll by out) formal to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)

verb, noun

poetic, dialect (to) measure

Word Origin for mete

Old English metan; compare Old Saxon metan, Old Norse meta, German messen to measure

noun

rare a mark, limit, or boundary (esp in the phrase metes and bounds)

Word Origin for mete

C15: from Old French, from Latin mēta goal, turning post (in race)

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