encounter (encounters, present participle encountering; past and past participle encountered)
- (transitive) To meet (someone) or find (something), especially unexpectedly.
- (transitive) To confront (someone or something) face to face.
- (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.
- French: rencontrer
- German: treffen, begegnen
- Portuguese: encontrar, deparar
- Russian: (неожиданно/случайно) встре́тить
- Spanish: encontrar
- Portuguese: confrontar
- Russian: ста́лкиваться
encounter (plural encounters)
- 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.
- A hostile, often violent meeting; a confrontation, skirmish, or clash, as between combatants.
- (sports) A match between two opposing sides.
- Portuguese: confronto
- Russian: столкнове́ние