to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usually followed by out): to mete out punishment.
Archaic. to measure.
- un·met·ed, adjective
Other definitions for mete (2 of 3)
a limiting mark.
a limit or boundary.
Other definitions for Met.E. (3 of 3)
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How to use mete in a sentence
In fiction coincidence has its metes and bounds beyond which it dare not step.From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
The value of a thing is what it will fetch, no doubt, and yet that is a doctrine which metes out half-justice only.The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
The past was so recent that statesmen were timid, and they wanted their metes and bounds to be fixed by a monument.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
With whatsoever measure a man or a woman metes out love, with that same measure it is returned.Sex=The Unknown Quantity | Ali Nomad
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 mete (1 of 2)
(usually foll by out) formal to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)
poetic, dialect (to) measure
British Dictionary definitions for mete (2 of 2)
rare a mark, limit, or boundary (esp in the phrase metes and bounds)
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