- to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usually followed by out): to mete out punishment.
- Archaic. to measure.
Origin of mete1
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Examples from the Web for meting
“In meting out this punishment we did not take into account his past behavior,” Silver said.The NBA’s War With Donald Sterling Is Just Getting Started
April 29, 2014
Charges were filed against him, and now the institution is meting out the punishment for his actions.Love Trumped Rules for Fired Methodist Rev. Frank Schaefer
December 20, 2013
In private, he fantasized about meting out violent punishment to his enemies.The Repentant Radical
September 17, 2013
We are all flawed human beings, and this is not about meting out judgment.Anthony Weiner's Ex: He Lied to Me
June 8, 2011
Your thoughts have nothing to do with the meting out of human justice.The Hound From The North
Thus endowed, will she be capable of meting out the future's larva's portion?The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
It is believed that we have lived to see the meting out of some divine awards.Revisiting the Earth
James Langdon Hill
It is my duty to use this power first of all in meting out justice.The Pharaoh and the Priest
Then my wrongs should have received full vengeance, and none would have blamed me for meting it out to these two villains.In the Days of Drake
J. S. Fletcher
- (usually foll by out) formal to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)
- poetic, dialect (to) measure
- rare a mark, limit, or boundary (esp in the phrase metes and bounds)
Word Origin and History for meting
"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.
"boundary," now only in phrase metes and bounds, late 15c., from Old French mete "limit, bounds, frontier," from Latin meta "goal, boundary, post, pillar."