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Meaning of meet by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    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 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 .


    • enPR: mēt, IPA: /miːt/, X-SAMPA: /mi:t/
    • Rhymes: -iːt
    • Homophones: meat, mete


    meet ( third-person singular simple present meets present participle meeting, simple past and past participle met )

    1. To come face to face with by accident; to encounter .
      Guess who I met at the supermarket today?
      Fancy meeting you here!
    2. To come face to face with someone by arrangement .
      Let's meet at the station at 9 o'clock .
      Shall we meet at 8 p.m in our favorite chatroom?
    3. To be introduced to someone .
      I'd like you to meet a colleague of mine .
      pleased to meet you
      I met my husband through a mutual friend at a party. It wasn't love at first sight; in fact, we couldn't stand each other at first!
    4. To converge and finally touch or intersect .
      The two streets meet at a crossroad half a mile away .
    5. to gather for a formal discussion .
      The government ministers met today to start the negotiations .
      I met with them several times .
    6. To satisfy; to comply with .
      This proposal meets my requirements .
      The company agrees to meet the cost of any repairs .
    7. To touch or hit something while moving .
      The right wing of the car met the column in the garage, leaving a dent .
    8. To adjoin, be physically touching
      The carpet meets the wall at this side of the room .
      The forest meets the sea along this part of the coast .
    9. To come together in conflict.
    10. ( sports ) To play a match .
      England and Holland will meet in the final .
    11. To meet face-to-face .
      He went to the café over there, where he met his boss in person .
    12. ( Ireland ) to French kiss someone
    Usage notes

    In sense 1, meet is sometimes used with the preposition with in American English .

    Derived terms


    meet ( plural: meets )

    1. A sports competition, especially for athletics or swimming .
    2. A gathering of riders, their horses and hounds for the purpose of foxhunting .
    3. ( rail transport ) 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. )
    4. A meeting .
      OK, let's arrange a meet with Tyler and ask him .
    5. ( algebra ) the greatest lower bound, an operation between pairs of elements in a lattice, denoted by the symbol ∧ ( mnemonic: half an M )
    6. ( Ireland ) An act of French kissing someone
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    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” ) .


    • enPR: mēt, IPA: /miːt/, X-SAMPA: /mi:t/
    • Rhymes: -iːt
    • Homophones: meat, mete


    meet ( comparative meeter, superlative meetest )

    1. suitable; right; proper

    See also

    • “meet” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001 [1]



Explanation of meet by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

    2. fill or meet a want or need

    3. be in direct physical contact with

    4. meet by design

    5. Can you meet me at the train station?
    6. come together

    7. I'll probably see you at the meeting
    8. undergo or suffer

    9. meet a violent death
    10. collect in one place

    11. get together socially or for a specific purpose

    12. satisfy or fulfill

    13. meet a need
    14. get to know

    15. satisfy a condition or restriction

    16. Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?
    17. be adjacent or come together

    18. experience as a reaction

    1. being precisely fitting and right

    2. it is only meet that she should be seated first
    1. a meeting at which a number of athletic contests are held

    Definition of meet by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Meet ( mēt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Met ( mĕt ); p. pr. & vb. n. Meeting.] [OE. meten, AS. mētan, fr. mōt, gemōt, a meeting; akin to OS. mōtian to meet, Icel. maeta, Goth. gamōtjan. See Moot, v. t.]
      1. 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.

      2. To come in collision with; to confront in conflict; to encounter hostilely; as, “they met the enemy and defeated them; the ship met opposing winds and currents.”

      3. To come into the presence of without contact; to come close to; to intercept; to come within the perception, influence, or recognition of; as, “to meet a train at a junction; to meet carriages or persons in the street; to meet friends at a party; sweet sounds met the ear.”

      His daughter came out to meet him. Judg. xi. 34.

      4. To perceive; to come to a knowledge of; to have personal acquaintance with; to experience; to suffer; as, “the eye met a horrid sight; he met his fate.”

      Of vice or virtue, whether blest or curst,

      Which meets contempt, or which compassion first. Pope.

      5. To come up to; to be even with; to equal; to match; to satisfy; to ansver; as, “to meet one's expectations; the supply meets the demand.”

      To meet half way, literally, to go half the distance between in order to meet ( one ); hence, figuratively, to yield or concede half of the difference in order to effect a compromise or reconciliation with.

    2. Meet, v. t.
      1. 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; as, “we met in the street; two lines meet so as to form an angle.”

      O, when meet now

      Such pairs in love and mutual honor joined ! Milton.

      2. To come together with hostile purpose; to have an encounter or conflict.

      Weapons more violent, when next we meet,

      May serve to better us and worse our foes. Milton.

      3. To assemble together; to congregate; as, “Congress meets on the first Monday of December”.

      They . . . appointed a day to meet together. 2. Macc. xiv. 21.

      4. To come together by mutual concessions; hence, to agree; to harmonize; to unite.

      To meet with. To light upon; to find; to come to; -- often with the sense of unexpectedness.

      We met with many things worthy of observation. Bacon.

      To join; to unite in company. Shak. To suffer unexpectedly; as, “to meet with a fall; to meet with a loss”. To encounter; to be subjected to.

      Prepare to meet with more than brutal fury

      From the fierce prince. Rowe.

      To obviate. [Obs.] Bacon.

    3. Meet, n. An assembling together; esp., the assembling of huntsmen for the hunt; also, the persons who so assemble, and the place of meeting.

    4. Meet, a. [OE. mete fitting, moderate, scanty, AS. mǣte moderate; akin to gemet fit, meet, metan to mete, and G. mässig moderate, gemäss fitting. See Mete.] Suitable; fit; proper; appropriate; qualified; convenient.

      It was meet that we should make merry. Luke xv. 32.

      To be meet with, to be even with; to be equal to. [Obs.]

    5. Meet ( mēt ), adv. Meetly. [Obs.] Shak.