• (GA) IPA: /ɪnˈkaʊntɚ/, /ɪŋˈkaʊntɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ɪnˈkaʊntə/, /ɪŋˈkaʊntə/

encounter (encounters, present participle encountering; past and past participle encountered)

  1. (transitive) To meet (someone) or find (something), especially unexpectedly.
  2. (transitive) To confront (someone or something) face to face.
  3. (ambitransitive) To engage in conflict, as with an enemy.
    Three armies encountered at Waterloo.
    • c. 1588–1593, William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii]:
      I will encounter with Andronicus.
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: confrontar, deparar
  • Russian: ната́лкиваться (на трудности)
  • Portuguese: confrontar
  • Russian: ста́лкиваться

encounter (plural encounters)

  1. A meeting, especially one that is unplanned or unexpected.
    Their encounter was a matter of chance.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter III, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      That was Selwyn's first encounter with the Ruthvens. A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.
    • 1995, Maija Kalin, Coping with problems of understanding: repair sequences in coversations between native and non-native speakers:
      As they have planned the encounters, they mostly have control over the time limits.
  2. A hostile, often violent meeting; a confrontation, skirmish, or clash, as between combatants.
  3. (sports) A match between two opposing sides.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: confronto
  • Russian: столкнове́ние

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