Meet v. t. [imp. & p. p. Met p. pr. & vb. n. Meeting.]
1. To join, or come in contact with; esp., to come in contact with by approach from an opposite direction; to come upon or against, front to front, as distinguished from contact by following and overtaking.
2. To come in collision with; to confront in conflict; to encounter hostilely; as, they met the enemy and defeated them; the ship met opposing winds and currents.
3. To come into the presence of without contact; to come close to; to intercept; to come within the perception, influence, or recognition of; as, to meet a train at a junction; to meet carriages or persons in the street; to meet friends at a party; sweet sounds met the ear.
His daughter came out to meet him. --Judg. xi. 34.
4. To perceive; to come to a knowledge of; to have personal acquaintance with; to experience; to suffer; as, the eye met a horrid sight; he met his fate.
Of vice or virtue, whether blest or curst,
Which meets contempt, or which compassion first. --Pope.
5. To come up to; to be even with; to equal; to match; to satisfy; to ansver; as, to meet one's expectations; the supply meets the demand.
To meet half way, literally, to go half the distance between in order to meet (one); hence, figuratively, to yield or concede half of the difference in order to effect a compromise or reconciliation with.
Meet, v. t.
1. To come together by mutual approach; esp., to come in contact, or into proximity, by approach from opposite directions; to join; to come face to face; to come in close relationship; as, we met in the street; two lines meet so as to form an angle.
O, when meet now
Such pairs in love and mutual honor joined ! --Milton.
2. To come together with hostile purpose; to have an encounter or conflict.
Weapons more violent, when next we meet,
May serve to better us and worse our foes. --Milton.
3. To assemble together; to congregate; as, Congress meets on the first Monday of December.
They . . . appointed a day to meet together. --2. Macc. xiv. 21.
4. To come together by mutual concessions; hence, to agree; to harmonize; to unite.
To meet with. (a) To light upon; to find; to come to; -- often with the sense of unexpectedness.
We met with many things worthy of observation. --Bacon.
(b) To join; to unite in company. --Shak. (c) To suffer unexpectedly; as, to meet with a fall; to meet with a loss. (d) To encounter; to be subjected to.
Prepare to meet with more than brutal fury
From the fierce prince. --Rowe.
(e) To obviate. [Obs.]
Meet, n. An assembling together; esp., the assembling of huntsmen for the hunt; also, the persons who so assemble, and the place of meeting.
Meet, a. Suitable; fit; proper; appropriate; qualified; convenient.
It was meet that we should make merry. --Luke xv. 32.
To be meet with, to be even with; to be equal to. [Obs.]
Meet adv. Meetly. [Obs.]
adj : being precisely fitting and right; "it is only meet that she
should be seated first" [syn: fitting]
n : a meeting at which a number of athletic contests are held
[syn: sports meeting]
v 1: come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How
nice to see you again!" [syn: ran into, encounter, run
across, come across, see]
2: get together socially or for a specific purpose [syn: get
3: be adjacent or come together; "The lines converge at this
point" [syn: converge] [ant: diverge, diverge]
4: fill or meet a want or need [syn: satisfy, fill, fulfill,
5: satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet
the requirements for the degree?" [syn: fit, conform to]
6: satisfy or fulfill; "meet a need"; "this job doesn't match
my dreams" [syn: match, cope with]
7: get to know; get acquainted with; "I met this really
handsome guy at a bar last night!"; "we met in Singapore"
8: collect in one place; "We assembled in the church basement";
"Let's gather in the dining room" [syn: gather, assemble,
9: meet by design; be present at the arrival of; "Can you meet
me at the train station?"
10: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle;
"Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to
play Mary" [syn: encounter, play, take on]
11: experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much
opposition" [syn: encounter, receive]
12: undergo or suffer; "meet a violent death"; "suffer a
terrible fate" [syn: suffer]
13: be in direct physical contact with; make contact; "The two
buildings touch"; "Their hands touched"; "The wire must
not contact the metal cover"; "The surfaces contact at
this point" [syn: touch, adjoin, contact]