• IPA: /ɡɹiːt/

greet (greets, present participle greeting; past and past participle greeted)

  1. (transitive) To welcome in a friendly manner, either in person or through another means e.g. writing or over the phone/internet
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act III, scene 1
      My lord, the mayor of London comes to greet you.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      Warwick observed, as they passed through the respectable quarter, that few people who met the girl greeted her, and that some others whom she passed at gates or doorways gave her no sign of recognition; from which he inferred that she was possibly a visitor in the town and not well acquainted.
  2. (transitive) To arrive at or reach, or meet (talking of something which brings joy)
    • 1707, Joseph Addison, Rosamond, Act I, scene 4
      In vain the spring my senses greets.
  3. (transitive) To accost; to address.
    • 1725, Alexander Pope translating Homer, Odyssey
      Fair on his feet the polish'd sandals shine,
      And thus he greets the master of the swine:
  4. (intransitive) To meet and give salutations.
    • circa 1590, William Shakespeare, Titus Adronicus, Act I, scene 2, line 90
      There greet in silence, as the dead are wont, And sleep in peace.
  5. (transitive) To be perceived by (somebody).
    A brilliant dawn greeted her eyes as she looked out of the window.
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  1. (obsolete, outside, Scotland) Great.

greet (greets, present participle greeting; past and past participle greeted)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) To weep; to cry.
    • 1933, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Cloud Howe, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), page 312:
      And damn't! if he didn't take down her bit things and scone her so sore she grat like a bairn [...].
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, page 2:
      My maw went potty and started greeting.

greet (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Mourning, weeping, lamentation.

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