meet
Pronunciation Verb

meet (meets, present participle meeting; past and past participle met)

  1. To make contact (with) while in proximity.
    1. To come face to face with by accident; to encounter.
      Fancy meeting you here! Guess who I met at the supermarket today?
    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 get acquainted with someone.
      I'm pleased to meet you! I'd like you to meet a colleague of mine.
      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!
      • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0105 ↗:
        Captain Edward Carlisle […] felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, […]; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
    4. (Ireland) To French kiss someone.
  2. (Of groups) To come together.
    1. To gather for a formal or social discussion; to hold a meeting.
      I met with them several times. The government ministers met today to start the negotiations.
      • 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
        At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. […] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
    2. To come together in conflict.
      • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:12.55?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter lv], in Le Morte Darthur, book X:
        Sir said Epynegrys is þt the rule of yow arraunt knyghtes for to make a knyght to Iuste will he or nyll
        As for that sayd Dynadan make the redy
        for here is for me
        And there with al they spored theyr horses & mett to gyders soo hard that Epynegrys smote doune sir Dynadan
      • 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
        Weapons more violent, when next we meet,
        May serve to better us and worse our foes.
    3. (sports) To play a match.
      England and Holland will meet in the final.
  3. To make physical or perceptual contact.
    1. To converge and finally touch or intersect.
      The two streets meet at a crossroad half a mile away.
      • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0105 ↗:
        Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
    2. To touch or hit something while moving.
      The right wing of the car met the column in the garage, leaving a dent.
    3. 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.
    4. (transitive) To respond to (an argument etc.) with something equally convincing; to refute.
      He met every objection to the trip with another reason I should go.
  4. To satisfy; to comply with.
    This proposal meets my requirements. The company agrees to meet the cost of any repairs.
  5. (intransitive) To balance or come out correct.
    • 1967, Northern Ireland. Parliament. House of Commons, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) House of Commons Official Report
      In this instance he has chosen an accountant. I suppose that it will be possible for an accountant to make the figures meet.
  6. To perceive; to come to a knowledge of; to have personal acquaintance with; to experience; to suffer.
    The eye met a horrid sight. He met his fate.
    • 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. […], (please specify ), London: Printed for J[ohn] Wilford, […], OCLC 960856019 ↗:
  7. To be mixed with, to be combined with aspects of.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 28:
      ‘I'm planning a sort of fabliau comparing this place with a fascist state,’ said Sampson, ‘sort of Animal Farm meets Arturo Ui...’
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  • French: (se) rencontrer, (s')affronter
  • German: treffen
Translations
  • French: rencontrer
  • Russian: встреча́ться
Noun

meet (plural meets)

  1. A sports competition, especially for track and field (a track meet) or swimming (a swim meet).
  2. A gathering of riders, horses and hounds for foxhunting; a field meet for hunting.
  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.
  4. (informal) 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 ∧.
  6. (Irish) An act of French kissing someone.
Antonyms
  • (meeting of two trains) pass
  • (greatest lower bound) join
Adjective

meet (comparative meeter, superlative meetest)

  1. (archaic) Suitable; right; proper.
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act I, sc. 1:
      It seems not meet, nor wholesome to my place, / To be produced—as, if I stay, I shall—  / Against the Moor ...
    • 1611, King James Version}, Exodus 8:26:
      And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the Lord our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?
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