Definition for MEET

MEET, v.t. [pret. and pp. met. Sax. metan, mætan, gemetan, to meet, to find, to measure, to mete; Goth. motyan; D. ontmoeten, gemoetan, to meet, and gemoet, a meeting; Sw. möta, to meet, to fall, come, or happen; möte, a meeting; mot, toward, against; Dan. möder, to meet; möde, a meeting; mod, contrary, against, toward. The sense is to come to, to fall to or happen, to reach to; Gr. μετα,with; G. mit, D. met, mede, Sw. and Dan. med, with or by; W. med, to; Ch. Syr. מטא, מטה, to come to, to arrive, to happen; Heb. Ch. Eth. מצא. Qu. W. ammod, a covenant; commod, agreement.]

  1. To come together, approaching in opposite or different directions; to come face to face; as, to meet a man in the road. His daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances. Judges xi.
  2. To come together in any place; as, we met many strangers at the levee.
  3. To come together in hostility; to encounter. The armies met on the plains of Pharsalia.
  4. To encounter unexpectedly. Milton.
  5. To come together in extension; to come in contact; to join. The line A. meets the line B. and forms an angle.
  6. To come to; to find; to light on; to receive. The good man meets his reward; the criminal in due time meets the punishment he deserves. Of vice or virtue, whether blest or curst, / Which meets contempt, or which compassion first. Pope.

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