Main definitions of meet in English

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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Arrange or happen to come into the presence or company of (someone)

    ‘a week later I met him in the street’
    [no object] ‘we met for lunch’
    ‘they arranged to meet up that afternoon’
    • ‘I arrange to meet him on the sidewalk outside the hotel in an hour.’
    • ‘I was lucky to get there at all, having arranged to meet Ross at the station and then forgotten to bring the directions.’
    • ‘I arranged to meet Andrew in a pub in Hampstead called the Holly Bush.’
    • ‘She's arranged to meet a few people in the Rising Sun for drinks after work.’
    • ‘The student had tapped her name and mobile phone number into his phone and arranged to meet him for lunch before she left.’
    • ‘Robert promptly arranged to meet me at an inner city bar the following night.’
    • ‘Whilst shopping I bumped into Kath cycling through Camden and we arranged to meet up later.’
    • ‘He had arranged to meet his sister at eleven o'clock at a small airfield to the east of Barnstaple.’
    • ‘James had just finished talking to Dobbo and Ali and had arranged to meet up with them for lunch.’
    • ‘He gave Stan a call and they have now arranged to meet up in Scarborough.’
    • ‘I'd arranged to meet Kevin for the gym again, so stopped off at his on the way round from the station to pick him up.’
    • ‘I had arranged to meet Sam, and he would introduce me to the others who I had never met.’
    • ‘In fact the day it opened in Ireland, I'd arranged to meet a friend of mine to see it.’
    • ‘A couple of days later he slips me a piece of paper, and I arranged to meet her.’
    • ‘I get on a bus with loose arrangements to meet up with some friends of mine.’
    • ‘I'd arranged to meet my partner Nick for lunch to get his verdict on the new me.’
    • ‘If you find it difficult to motivate yourself to take some exercise, he suggests, try arranging to meet a friend.’
    • ‘Cameron had arranged to meet us on campus that night, which left us a couple of hours to kill beforehand.’
    • ‘In an attempt to patch things up after what happened yesterday the friend concerned arranged to meet me again.’
    • ‘If I go out in Dublin, I arrange to meet some friends and we get the bus to the city centre.’
    encounter, meet up with, come face to face with, make contact with, run across, run into, come across, come upon, chance on, happen on, light on, stumble across, stumble on
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    1. 1.1Make the acquaintance of (someone) for the first time.
      ‘she took Paul to meet her parents’
      [no object] ‘we met at an office party’
      • ‘He was so taken by her when he met her during her visit to Britain.’
      • ‘He lived and worked in London, and met Patricia during a visit north with a friend, forming a sexual relationship with her.’
      • ‘The sky shifted in colors as she thought back to the duration of time about eleven years ago when she met her foster parents.’
      • ‘When I was four years old and I was living in Demon Central with my parents, I met a girl my age with golden hair and dazzling violet eyes.’
      • ‘Four years ago Evan went into a chat room and met this girl who lives in Toronto, Canada.’
      • ‘Her parents met him on the day she graduated.’
      • ‘During my time as press officer I met the Queen, the Queen Mother, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Philips.’
      • ‘I understand now, that we have to go through several acquaintances before we meet true friends.’
      • ‘He wasn't at all fazed by meeting David and they chatted away quite normally.’
      • ‘He could never get up enough nerve to ask Terri out, and his odd hours interfered with meeting anyone.’
      • ‘If she had not already met my mother at parent teacher conferences, I was not going to enlighten her.’
      • ‘However confident you are, meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend's parents for the first time is always awash with tension.’
      • ‘Who would think we would meet someone who speaks Low German at a volleyball match in Hong Kong?’
      • ‘On one such visit Muriel met her future husband Tom and they both settled in Dungarvan.’
      • ‘Her husband Matt spoke about how he met Anne in his early nursing days and subsequently married her.’
      • ‘The only thing that she knew about her father was that he was an Italian chef visiting Britain when he met her mother.’
      • ‘He is also an acquaintance of Raj, having met him in mid 2002.’
      • ‘During a spell at the Waiheke Post Office he met Jean, his wife of 45 years.’
      • ‘While down South he had met his future wife Alison, whose parents were from Doncaster, and the couple were interested in a move back North.’
      • ‘I have never met this man, spoken to him or carried out any business dealings with him.’
    2. 1.2[no object](of a group of people) assemble for a purpose.
      ‘the committee meets once a fortnight’
      • ‘The group originally met to practise in the Methodist Church.’
      • ‘The council meets annually to discuss matters affecting the entire Lakota nation.’
      • ‘Despite repeated prompting, the group has not met to discuss future action.’
      • ‘For most of its life, the group met in the Parish Hall in School Road.’
      • ‘A small group met recently to get things moving, and they are now looking for others keen to become members.’
      • ‘The group meets once a month and is particularly keen to hear from residents with an interest in local history, architecture and open spaces.’
      • ‘The executive meets in October to consider the findings.’
      • ‘The group meets once a month to discuss ways of combating city centre crime.’
      • ‘The anti-hunt brigade regularly turn out whenever a hunt meets.’
      • ‘The group meets regularly to discuss the crime issues that are affecting the local communities.’
      • ‘A free non-denominational meditation group meets in Bromley every week.’
      • ‘Bradford Council's executive meets at City Hall on Tuesday at 2pm.’
      • ‘A family council meets at regular intervals to discuss issues surrounding the business.’
      • ‘The group will meet at least once a year to assess and review the plan.’
      • ‘The group meets on the fourth Monday of every month.’
      • ‘The group met for an assembly dedicated to the celebration, a tour of the school and a 1950s-style school dinner.’
      • ‘This group meets on a regular basis and they also visit a different farm each month, sharing information and advice.’
      • ‘The Group meets on Mondays and Fridays and new members will be very welcome.’
      • ‘Before the whole group gets together for the meeting, each division meets separately for about a half hour.’
      • ‘The Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, at 2.30 pm in the Lakeside Hotel.’
    3. 1.3[no object]Have a meeting with (someone)
      ‘he met with the president on September 16’
      • ‘He meets with the President every day, he's meeting with him now.’
      • ‘He meets with the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, tomorrow at the White House.’
      • ‘The consultants were very deeply concerned when I was invited to meet with them recently.’
      • ‘At noon she meets with the captain and hotel manager to go over the party lists, then has lunch.’
      • ‘Wu meets with constituents every week, listening to their problems.’
      • ‘Most afternoons he meets with businessmen to talk about investment opportunities and various projects.’
      • ‘Later this hour, President Bush meets with emergency officials in Mississippi.’
      • ‘Jody meets with the owner of the land of Eatonville.’
      • ‘And council bosses will meet with the school in the coming weeks to draw up some initial plans.’
      • ‘He works on important policy matters and frequently meets with the Secretary.’
    4. 1.4Go to a place and wait there for (a person or their means of transport) to arrive.
      ‘Stuart met us off the boat’
      • ‘When she meets me off the train at Tain, I immediately think: David Bowie.’
      • ‘We drove into the main bazaar, fully expecting some of these functionaries to be waiting to meet us.’
      • ‘When I travel to Crewe to meet the Tommys, an as-yet unsigned all-girl pop-punk quartet, their manager Paul meets me off the train.’
      • ‘Also, a similar service was proposed to run to Cheddington Station to meet hotel guests arriving by train.’
    5. 1.5Come together as opponents in a competition.
      ‘in the final group match, England will meet the Australians’
      [no object] ‘the teams will meet in the European Cup final at Wembley’
      • ‘When next these teams meet it will be in Dublin in November with the Springboks at the end of their own long, hard road.’
      • ‘Five years ago when these two teams met it was a victory to Cranleigh by 39-10.’
      • ‘Would it also remove the staleness that can grip a league in which teams can meet each other up to seven times in a season?’
      • ‘The Springboks would have an easier route through the competition, probably meeting France in the semis.’
      • ‘The men's second team met Leigh first who were just above them in the league.’
      • ‘This was the result they could have expected when the two teams met seven weeks ago.’
      • ‘Even fewer arrests were made when the teams met two weeks later in the league.’
    6. 1.6Encounter or experience (a particular situation or attitude)
      ‘he met his death in 1946’
      [no object] ‘we met with a slight setback’
      • ‘A Scottish sailor met his death when he fell overboard from his yacht off the Mayo coast, an inquest in Ballina was told.’
      • ‘Ironically, Mr Egan's resting place is overlooked by the field where he met his untimely death in an electrocution.’
      • ‘Mohammed said it was an unfortunate and sad case, as Alexander met his death in an attempt to defend his sister's honour.’
      • ‘He said someone may have seen Mr Turner taking £20 out of a nearby cash machine minutes before he met his death.’
      • ‘He met his death on the fourth anniversary of his arrival in this country.’
      • ‘Our children don't need to meet those selfish attitudes behind a steering wheel.’
      • ‘He said conflicting medical evidence presented by the prosecution meant the jury could not be sure how the former paratrooper met his death.’
      • ‘There is no evidence that he had met a violent death.’
      • ‘Very, very few companies have long and uninterrupted growth records, and even those companies eventually meet problems.’
      • ‘In all the time we have been booking courses we have not met this attitude before.’
      • ‘So, in an appropriate case, the inquest's task was to discover by what means and in what circumstances the deceased had met his death.’
      • ‘That night I returned to the scene where young Darragh met his tragic death.’
      • ‘Four men met their deaths in a tragic accident as they worked on the West Coast Mainline at Tebay, in the early hours of Sunday morning.’
      • ‘Yorkshire Catholics mourned the Pope yesterday in the same way he met his own death - serenely, with a brave heart and no fuss.’
      • ‘It becomes particularly important when the relationship meets an impasse.’
      • ‘Just as death is the end result of living, we will meet many traumatic experiences in our lives.’
      • ‘They hadn't met any problems yet, but they had to be careful with every action they conducted.’
    7. 1.7Have (a particular reaction) to.
      ‘the announcement was met with widespread protests’
      • ‘But perhaps just as telling was the widespread cynicism the scandal was met with.’
      • ‘Upon completion, however, the film was met with mixed reaction partly due to its extreme length and somewhat ponderous nature.’
      • ‘But the findings were met with a mixed reaction from lunchtime drinkers in the pavement bars and cafes of Manchester yesterday.’
      • ‘The public often met their claims with a heavy dose of skepticism.’
      • ‘They were met with a lukewarm reaction.’
      • ‘But on both occasions the bans were met with extremely successful defiance.’
      • ‘The office, one of the most militant in London, met the announcement with a spontaneous one-day walkout.’
      • ‘Gillespie's comments were met with mixed reactions at the Scottish Open, finishing today at Loch Lomond.’
      • ‘If they try to raise above a certain level, they are met with very strong resistance.’
      • ‘It was met with almost total indifference.’
    8. 1.8[no object]Receive (a particular reaction)
      ‘I'm sorry if it doesn't meet with your approval’
      • ‘Plans to move a drug addiction clinic near a city centre shopping area have met with a mixed reaction.’
      • ‘The idea met with approval from religious as well as tourist and cultural groups.’
      • ‘Even where new routes were added, they often failed to meet with approval.’
      • ‘It was a move that met with almost unanimous approval from fellow European Tour players.’
      • ‘You will hold off until everything meets with your approval.’
      • ‘These developments have met with a mixed reaction in the respective countries.’
      • ‘The prospect of improved transport links met with the approval of local residents.’
      • ‘To my delight, the sweater meets with approval!’
      • ‘The recent rise in the number of debt collection agencies has met with a mixed reaction.’
      • ‘Neither suggestion met with approval so I repaired to the kitchen to make coffee.’
  • 2Touch; join.

    ‘icebergs are created when glaciers meet the sea’
    [no object] ‘the curtains failed to meet in the middle’
    figurative ‘our eyes met across the table’
    • ‘Turning to see what he wanted she was surprised when his lips met hers.’
    • ‘Matt stepped forward and seconds later, our lips met one another in silent appreciation.’
    • ‘Mark looked her up and down, and couldn't disguise his approving look when his eyes met hers again.’
    • ‘He sat there watching her, waiting for her to awaken once again, prepared to stay as long as it took until their eyes met again.’
    • ‘William's mouth met hers, so warm, so gentle, and he kissed her with a sensual slowness.’
    • ‘Then, with agonizing slowness, his head bent to hers and his lips met hers passionately.’
    • ‘Her eyes widened as his lips met hers and he put his arms around her cold back.’
    • ‘She leaned into him and Jack met her eager lips with a long, lingering kiss.’
    • ‘He reached out for her chin and lifted it until their eyes met.’
    • ‘Leaning forwards his lips met hers and he gently pushed her back onto the bed.’
    • ‘His puckered lips met my bare shoulder, causing my body to become significantly more awake.’
    • ‘When he turned around and glanced at Constance, his eyes met hers as she turned around at the same time.’
    • ‘My eyes met hers and I smiled gently, and she smiled back, showing two missing front teeth.’
    • ‘She didn't even flinch when Rebecca's hard gaze met hers, but simply smiled instead.’
    • ‘Their eyes met briefly until Sam cleared her throat and turned away.’
    • ‘Her lips met his and she revelled in the heat of their embrace.’
    • ‘She reached up, and his lips met hers, softly, like the petals of a rose, their touch was warm like a fire.’
    • ‘His eyes met hers and for a moment, she thought she saw someone in them.’
    • ‘I felt her lift my chin and when my eyes met hers, my breathing steadied and I became somewhat quiet.’
    • ‘And as his lips met mine again, I knew that I had truly found the love that I was searching for.’
    come together, converge, connect, touch, link up, reach, abut, butt, adjoin, join, unite, intersect, cross
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  • 3Fulfil or satisfy (a need, requirement, or condition)

    ‘this policy is doing nothing to meet the needs of women’
    • ‘Understanding what patients are looking for on line may help us meet their need for health information.’
    • ‘What is needed is a more flexible health insurance system to meet the needs of the modern world.’
    • ‘At the time this computer was selected, it met the requirements adequately to perform its intended function.’
    • ‘This is a situation in which flexibility is required in order to meet the needs of the child.’
    • ‘Bradford needs a smaller concert hall, with safe parking to meet the requirements of the city.’
    • ‘Even if conditions are met, there is no guarantee that a permit will be given.’
    • ‘First, there are not enough mental health services to meet the needs of patients.’
    • ‘St David's Cathedral already meets the requirements of health and safety regulations but many other churches don't.’
    • ‘When both of these conditions are met, the method of assessment is performance-based.’
    • ‘Start by figuring out the mix of stocks, bonds and cash that will be required to meet your needs.’
    • ‘Doctors at the surgery believe it is the only way to meet the needs of a modern health service.’
    • ‘Its operating cash flow would not be enough to meet its liquidity needs for the rest of the year, it warned.’
    • ‘Anaemia is a condition in which the blood cannot carry enough oxygen to meet the body's needs.’
    • ‘Those results were essential to ensure that the proposal met students' needs.’
    • ‘Many have also revealed that their medical requirements are not met fully.’
    • ‘All children are included and staff ensure individual needs are met.’
    • ‘Mr Sharp later worked on heating systems in construction projects, also ensuring health and safety conditions were met.’
    • ‘He would insist that various conditions were met before he would play.’
    • ‘If something doesn't meet your needs and requirements then there will be another tradition around the next corner.’
    • ‘In this case, I am satisfied that the litigation plan meets the basic requirements.’
    fulfil, satisfy, fill, measure up to, conform to, come up to, perform, comply with, answer
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    1. 3.1Pay (a financial claim or obligation)
      ‘all your household expenses will still have to be met’
      • ‘Even accounting for the slide in the stock market, Friends is in a position to meet its obligations.’
      • ‘Although the parties lived an extravagant lifestyle, their debt obligations were met.’
      • ‘The insurance is merely there to enable the companies to meet these claims.’
      • ‘He can adequately budget for himself on the net disposable income available to him after he meets his family obligations.’
      • ‘It could not meet its obligations to Hepcoe and continued to operate at a loss.’
      • ‘We finally certify that Mr D. Paparounis has been prompt in meeting its obligations.’
      • ‘Before going I contacted PPP, which assured me there would be no problem meeting a claim.’
      • ‘The Company does not currently have sufficient facilities available to it to meet these obligations.’
      • ‘All the assets of the fund are available to meet claims of all members, no matter to which category they belong.’
      • ‘This is to ensure that there is sufficient money to meet its obligations.’
      • ‘Port charges were generally revised upward to meet debt obligations.’
      • ‘All too often women use their own sick leave entitlement to meet family obligations.’
      • ‘The spokesperson said it could not afford to meet the claim as FLS was still losing money in Ireland.’
      • ‘Funds in the coffers are simply not enough to meet long-term obligations.’
      • ‘Iberia bosses said meeting the pay claim would plunge the company into an operating loss.’

noun

  • 1British A gathering of riders and hounds before a hunt begins.

    ‘she fell from her horse during a weekend meet’
    • ‘Seven or eight years ago the bloodsports fraternity were claiming in newspaper advertisements that one million people attended Boxing Day hunt meets.’
    • ‘The meet and the hunt provided a dash of colour in the lives of all during the otherwise drab British winter.’
    • ‘During the years of his marriage they would see each other publicly only at hunt meets, and the only press photograph taken of them together for many years was of them hunting.’
    • ‘Anti-foxhunting protesters are continuing to demonstrate at hunting meets in mid Essex despite a Government decision to ban the blood sport.’
    • ‘The Cresselly Arms at Cresswell Quay will be the scene of South Pembrokeshire Hunt's last meet.’
    • ‘Police called in reinforcements after the hunt began to track saboteurs but said the meet was largely peaceful.’
    • ‘There is certainly organised coursing at a number of meets and the number of these clubs is in some ways difficult to define.’
    • ‘These groups however are discredited by the outrageous actions they take to disrupt hunt meets.’
    • ‘Supporters turned out in force at the first meets conducted under the shadow of the hunt ban.’
    • ‘The meets for the foxhounds in the areas that I hunt are pretty near to where the horses are kept.’
    • ‘The protesters had challenged Mr Ainger to join them at a hunt meet - an invitation he declined.’
    • ‘Pretending that catching foxes was the reason for holding meets of the hunt was never particularly true.’
    • ‘Up at dawn he had selected the hounds and prepared the truck to take them to the meet.’
    • ‘Tears flowed at end of the Tedworth Hunt's last traditional meet on Thursday at Tidcombe House.’
    • ‘Last Friday was one of the biggest Boxing Day meets of the Tedworth Hunt for years and it attracted a larger than usual number of anti-hunt protestors.’
    • ‘He enjoyed the hunt scene, and covered local meets for the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard and Horse and Hound magazine.’
    • ‘I was born and brought up in the country, where people would talk of hunt meets and hunt balls.’
    • ‘After the meet hounds returned to their kennels but hunt supporters stayed for a drink at the village pub.’
    • ‘Record numbers of supporters heard defiant messages at Boxing Day hunt meets in the Vale, Cotswolds and Warwickshire.’
    • ‘Huntsmen admitted the meet was purely symbolic, as the weather had made any actual hunting impossible.’
  • 2An organized event at which a number of races or other athletic contests are held.

    ‘major meets such as national championships’
    • ‘However, the best event of the meet was reserved for three in the morning.’
    • ‘The second begins when Del Mar and Saratoga open their gates in July to conduct the last two great race meets in the United States.’
    • ‘That had been the case in the large school race at the district meet earlier in the day.’
    • ‘He won, and within three years he was winning swim meets and triathlons too - anything that tested his mettle.’
    • ‘Each competitor swam in six events during three selected meets throughout the fall season.’
    • ‘Even if you've never been to a coursing meet, take yourself along to Patrickswell.’
    • ‘It was usually the last event of the meet, and by most accounts of the time, the most popular.’
    • ‘A royal Ascot action plan to combat a traffic nightmare in York during the race meet in June was being unveiled today.’
    • ‘High school teams have it a bit easier, due to the smaller number of events in their meets.’
    • ‘What tipped the scale in Thorpe's favor were his sterling performances in major international meets.’
    • ‘These trials are being held in preparation for international meets.’
    • ‘Regardless of the level, dual meets are exciting and championship meets bring major breakthroughs.’
    • ‘He tired a bit at the end, not surprising since it was his ninth race in the fourth day of the Olympic meet.’
    • ‘The big guns hit the pool in Athens again on Sunday night, in what could be the event of the meet.’
    • ‘Horses are stabled at the North Dakota State University equine science barn during race meets.’
    • ‘In addition, an explanation of the events and how meets are run is useful.’
    • ‘Worrell feels it's important for youngsters to take advantage of locally organized swim meets.’
    • ‘The pair also helped out on race meets, regularly making up to 20 flasks of coffee for the competitors and spectators.’
    • ‘There's the Shrum Bowl, basketball and volleyball tournaments and swim meets, to name just a few.’
    • ‘The meets begin with an inspection, by drivers and onlookers, under the hoods of the cars.’
    event, tournament, game, match, contest, competition
    bout, fight, encounter, engagement
    hunt
    gathering, convention, conclave, rally, congress, convocation, muster, quiz
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  • 3informal A meeting, typically one with an illicit purpose.

    ‘the meet with Frank is on for 10 o'clock’

Phrases

  • make ends meet

  • meet the case

    • Be adequate.

      ‘do you think an income of two hundred a year would meet the case?’
      • ‘You must not underrate the difficulties of my undertaking, or imagine that a mere commonplace assassination would meet the case.’
      • ‘Ms Sheppard, if I were to order that the application be dismissed for want of prosecution and that the applicant pay the first respondent's costs including reserved costs, would that meet the case?’
      • ‘If I make orders in those terms, will that meet the case?’
  • meet someone's eye (or eyes)

    • 1Be visible.

      ‘the sight that met his eyes was truly amazing’
      • ‘A curious sight met their eyes as they came cautiously around the foremast.’
      • ‘When they reached the top, all three stable hands were awed by the sight that met their eyes.’
      • ‘When they came to the top, a beautiful sight met their eyes.’
      • ‘When the pair broke through the bushes that lead to their home a horrible sight met their eyes.’
      • ‘They ran outside, and an incredible sight met their eyes.’
      • ‘When my family walked out of the gate, an enormous sight met our eyes.’
      • ‘The light blinded me at first, but even still, I couldn't believe the sight that met my eyes.’
      • ‘He was even more shocked by the sight that met his eyes.’
      • ‘A strange sight met my eyes when they glanced to the left.’
      • ‘The ballroom at the hotel was set for the night and as Natalie and Kate went through its doors a spectacular sight met their eyes.’
    • 2Look directly at someone.

      ‘for a moment, he refused to meet her eyes’
      ‘Robyn met his insolent gaze’
      • ‘She met his gaze directly, without a trace of emotion on her face.’
      • ‘She met his gaze, refusing to show any signs of the rattling he did to her confidence.’
      • ‘She suddenly met his gaze, as if she felt his gaze on her.’
      • ‘He inclined his head slightly, not meeting her gaze directly.’
      • ‘She took a deep breath, refusing to meet my gaze.’
      • ‘He handed Will a letter and refused to meet his gaze.’
      • ‘Her eyes came back into focus and she met Jake 's gaze.’
      • ‘She met my gaze and a tight smile was directed towards me.’
      • ‘For a moment I let my gaze travel over him and then met his gaze again.’
      • ‘Although she was facing him, her eyes were directed past him, refusing to meet his gaze.’
  • meet someone halfway

    • Make a compromise with someone.

      ‘I am prepared to meet him halfway by paying him a further £25,000’
      • ‘At first, the company said they couldn't do it at all, but then they met me halfway.’
      • ‘I feel like I am sometimes making a lot of compromises just to maintain her friendship and she isn't meeting me halfway.’
      • ‘So, just as practitioners have come to realize the value of political education, the academics have met them halfway.’
      • ‘So I suspect most of them will act like the DGA has met them halfway on the matter, and we'll wait to fight this battle another day.’
      • ‘Democrats - and many Republicans - are not meeting Bush halfway, despite his willingness to preserve Social Security as a universal social program.’
      • ‘That's called meeting you halfway - and it's what friendship is really all about.’
      • ‘That was my sacrifice and I wasn't met halfway.’
      • ‘But I think they will be met halfway, because although there is often talk of revolution, things tend to turn out less radically, and we have evolution instead.’
      • ‘I would have thought it would have met us halfway or helped stop this happening again.’
      • ‘Late in the month, he met Randolph halfway, with an executive order prohibiting discrimination among defense contractors, but not in the military.’
      reach a compromise, find the middle ground, come to terms, come to an understanding, reach an agreement, make a deal, make concessions, find a happy medium, strike a balance
      give and take
      split the difference, go fifty-fifty
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  • meet one's maker

    • Die.

      ‘the film ended as poor Eddie met his Maker’
      • ‘In those days the retirement age was 55, after which a person could go home and prepare to meet his Maker.’
      • ‘For those of you, and there are so many, who will miss him, take comfort in the fact that he was set to meet his Maker.’
      • ‘Remember, some day each and every one of us will meet our Maker.’
      • ‘But I do believe in God and I am not frightened to meet my Maker after death.’
      • ‘Now do the rest of the world a favor and meet your Maker.’
      • ‘I thought at that point the carriage was going to roll over and I thought we were going to meet our Maker.’
      die, lose one's life, be killed, fall, expire, meet one's death, be lost, lay down one's life, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, pass away, go the way of all flesh, give up the ghost, go to glory, meet one's maker, go to one's last resting place, cross the great divide
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  • meet one's match

    • Encounter one's equal in strength or ability.

      ‘Iris had met her match’
      • ‘But at last our cold weather adventurer had met his match.’
      • ‘And in the case of Saturday night's incident, the attacker nearly met his match.’
      • ‘It is where some of Australia's great outback legends were created, and where some met their match.’
      • ‘However, on Wednesday they met their match even before stepping onto the cricket pitch.’
      • ‘I imagine they have made some bawdy bravado remark about wanting to see someone's helmet, and have met their match.’
      • ‘In some of the most humble people in the world, the would-be makers of the economic commandments may well have met their match.’
      • ‘I want to congratulate you on being a great interviewer, but I think you've met your match.’
      • ‘It's also reassuring to have finally met my match in ineptness.’
      • ‘But Edinburgh's dreaded parking attendants have finally met their match in the shape of the doughty Balmoral Hotel.’
      • ‘Professional eater that I am, I confess I met my match - even with the help of the women at the table taking their nibbling bites, I couldn't finish the dessert.’
  • there's more to someone (or something) than meets the eye

    • A person or situation is more complex or interesting than they appear.

      • ‘I think that there's more to this story than meets the eye.’
      • ‘‘It means that there's more to me than meets the eye,’ he explained.’
      • ‘Maybe there's more to this situation than meets the eye.’
      • ‘In other words, there are a lot of unanswered questions that make it perfectly reasonable to suspect that there's more to this story than meets the eye.’
      • ‘In his heart, he knows there's more to it than meets the eye.’
      • ‘Like any building, there's more to a monastery than meets the eye.’
      • ‘You know her better than I do, you know there's more to her than meets the eye.’
      • ‘I think there's more to Kori than meets the eye.’
      • ‘Still, there's more to the picture than meets the eye.’
      • ‘If he kicks up a fuss, you know there's more to the relationship than meets the eye.’

Origin

Old English mētan ‘come upon’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch moeten, also to moot.

Pronunciation:

meet

/miːt/

Main definitions of meet in English

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meet2

adjective

Archaic
  • Suitable or proper.

    ‘it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘made to fit’): shortening of Old English gemǣte, of Germanic origin; related to mete.

Pronunciation:

meet

/miːt/