from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To come upon by chance or arrangement.
  • transitive v. To be present at the arrival of: met the train.
  • transitive v. To be introduced to.
  • transitive v. To come into conjunction with; join: where the sea meets the sky.
  • transitive v. To come into the company or presence of, as for a conference.
  • transitive v. To come to the notice of (the senses): There is more here than meets the eye.
  • transitive v. To experience; undergo: met his fate with courage.
  • transitive v. To deal with; oppose: "We have met the enemy and they are ours” ( Oliver Hazard Perry).
  • transitive v. To cope or contend effectively with: meet each problem as it arises.
  • transitive v. To come into conformity with the views, wishes, or opinions of: The firm has done its best to meet us on that point.
  • transitive v. To satisfy (a need, for example); fulfill: meet all the conditions in the contract. See Synonyms at satisfy.
  • transitive v. To pay; settle: enough money to meet expenses.
  • intransitive v. To come together: Let's meet tonight.
  • intransitive v. To come into conjunction; be joined: "East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” ( Rudyard Kipling).
  • intransitive v. To come together as opponents; contend.
  • intransitive v. To become introduced.
  • intransitive v. To assemble.
  • intransitive v. To occur together, especially in one person or entity.
  • n. A meeting or contest, especially an athletic competition.
  • meet with To experience or undergo.
  • meet with To receive: Our plan met with their approval.
  • idiom meet (one's) Maker Slang To die.
  • idiom meet (someone) halfway To make a compromise with.
  • adj. Fitting; proper: "It seems not meet, nor wholesome to my place” ( Shakespeare).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. suitable; right; proper
  • v. To come face to face with by accident; to encounter.
  • v. To come face to face with someone by arrangement.
  • v. To be introduced to someone.
  • v. To converge and finally touch or intersect.
  • v. to gather for a formal discussion.
  • v. To satisfy; to comply with.
  • v. To touch or hit something while moving.
  • v. To adjoin, be physically touching
  • v. To come together in conflict.
  • v. To play a match.
  • v. To meet face-to-face.
  • v. to French kiss someone
  • n. A sports competition, especially for athletics or swimming.
  • n. A gathering of riders, their horses and hounds for the purpose of foxhunting.
  • n. A meeting of two trains in opposite directions on a single track, when one is put into a siding to let the other cross. (Antonym: a pass.)
  • n. A meeting.
  • n. the greatest lower bound, an operation between pairs of elements in a lattice, denoted by the symbol ∧ (mnemonic: half an M)
  • n. An act of French kissing someone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Suitable; fit; proper; appropriate; qualified; convenient.
  • adv. Meetly.
  • n. An assembling together; esp., the assembling of huntsmen for the hunt; also, the persons who so assemble, and the place of meeting.
  • transitive v. To join, or come in contact with; esp., to come in contact with by approach from an opposite direction; to come upon or against, front to front, as distinguished from contact by following and overtaking.
  • transitive v. To come in collision with; to confront in conflict; to encounter hostilely
  • transitive v. To come into the presence of without contact; to come close to; to intercept; to come within the perception, influence, or recognition of
  • transitive v. To perceive; to come to a knowledge of; to have personal acquaintance with; to experience; to suffer
  • transitive v. To come up to; to be even with; to equal; to match; to satisfy; to ansver
  • transitive v. To come together by mutual approach; esp., to come in contact, or into proximity, by approach from opposite directions; to join; to come face to face; to come in close relationship
  • transitive v. To come together with hostile purpose; to have an encounter or conflict.
  • transitive v. To assemble together; to congregate.
  • transitive v. To come together by mutual concessions; hence, to agree; to harmonize; to unite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To come into the same place with (another person or thing); come into the presence of; of persons, come face to face with.
  • To come up to from a different direction; join by going toward; come to by approaching from the opposite direction, as distinguished from overtake: as, to meet a person in the road.
  • To come into physical contact with; join by touching or uniting with; be or become contiguous to.
  • To come upon; encounter; attain to; reach the perception, possession, or experience of: as, to meet one's fate calmly; his conduct meets the approbation of the public; you will meet your reward.
  • To come into collision with; encounter with force or opposition; come or move against: as, to meet the enemy in battle.
  • To come into conformity to; be or act in agreement with: as, conduct that meets one's expectations.
  • To discharge; satisfy: as, to meet a note at maturity.
  • To answer; refute: as, to meet an opponent's objections.
  • Synonyms To light or happen upon.
  • To comply with, fulfil.
  • To come together; come face to face; join company, assemble, or congregate.
  • To come together in opposition or in contention, as in fight, competition, or play.
  • To come into contact; form a junction; unite; be contiguous or coalesce.
  • To combine.
  • To come together exactly; agree; square or balance, as accounts.
  • To light on; find; come to: often said of an unexpected event.
  • We met with many things worthy of observation.
  • To suffer; be exposed to; experience.
  • To obviate. [A Latinism.]
  • To counteract; oppose.
  • [Meet in the intransitive sense is sometimes conjugated with to be as an auxiliary as well as with have.] Synonyms To collect, muster, gather.
  • Fit; suitable; proper; convenient; adapted; appropriate.
  • Proper; own.
  • Equal.
  • Even.
  • Synonyms Fitting, suitable, suited, congenial.
  • n. An equal; a companion.
  • n. A meeting of huntsmen for fox-hunting or coursing, or of bicyclists for a ride; also, the company so met.
  • n. The place appointed for such a meeting; the rendezvous.
  • n. In geometry: The straight line common to two planes.
  • n. A point which is on each of two straights: also called their cross.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get together socially or for a specific purpose
  • n. a meeting at which a number of athletic contests are held
  • v. meet by design; be present at the arrival of
  • v. undergo or suffer
  • v. be adjacent or come together
  • v. contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
  • v. fill or meet a want or need
  • v. satisfy a condition or restriction
  • v. get to know; get acquainted with
  • v. be in direct physical contact with; make contact
  • v. come together
  • v. experience as a reaction
  • v. satisfy or fulfill
  • adj. being precisely fitting and right
  • v. collect in one place


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English meten, from Old English mētan.
Middle English mete, from Old English gemǣte; see med- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English meten, from Old English mētan ("to meet, find, find out, fall in with, encounter, obtain"), from Proto-Germanic *mōtijanan (“to meet”), from Proto-Indo-European *mōd-, *mad- (“to come, meet”). Cognate with Scots met, mete, meit ("to meet"), North Frisian mete ("to meet"), West Frisian moetsje ("to meet"), Dutch ontmoeten ("to meet"), Low German moten, möten ("to meet"), Danish møde ("to meet"), Swedish möta ("to meet"), Icelandic mæta ("to meet"). Related to moot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English mete, imete, from Old English ġemǣte ("suitable, having the same measurements"), from the Proto-Germanic *gamētijaz (cognate with Dutch meten ("measure"), German gemäß ("suitable") etc.), itself from collective prefix ge- + Proto-Indo-European *med- (“to measure”).


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