mete

1
[meet]
verb (used with object), met·ed, met·ing.
  1. to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usually followed by out): to mete out punishment.
  2. Archaic. to measure.

Origin of mete

1
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

Synonyms for mete

mete

2
[meet]
noun
  1. a limiting mark.
  2. a limit or boundary.

Origin of mete

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

Synonyms for mete

2. bound.
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Examples from the Web for metes

Historical Examples of metes

  • In fiction coincidence has its metes and bounds beyond which it dare not step.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • The suffering that it metes out to its victims is indescribable.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • She closes the volume, and, musing, metes him out the hours and days he has to live.

    Lucretia, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Strange Providence that metes so unequally to one and to another.

  • Then its metes and bounds were fixed by the fringe of kathekosity which circumscribed it.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne


British Dictionary definitions for metes

mete

1
verb (tr)
  1. (usually foll by out) formal to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)
verb, noun
  1. poetic, dialect (to) measure

Word Origin for mete

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

mete

2
noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for metes

mete

v.

"to allot," Old English metan "to measure, mete out; compare, estimate" (class V strong verb; past tense mæt, past participle meten), from Proto-Germanic *metanan (cf. Old Saxon metan, Old Frisian, Old Norse meta, Dutch meten, Old High German mezzan, German messen, Gothic mitan "to measure"), from PIE *med- "to take appropriate measures" (see medical). Used now only with out. Related: Meted; meting.

mete

n.

"boundary," now only in phrase metes and bounds, late 15c., from Old French mete "limit, bounds, frontier," from Latin meta "goal, boundary, post, pillar."

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