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'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.’
    • ‘Cameron had arranged to meet us on campus that night, which left us a couple of hours to kill beforehand.’
    • ‘Whilst shopping I bumped into Kath cycling through Camden and we arranged to meet up later.’
    • ‘In an attempt to patch things up after what happened yesterday the friend concerned arranged to meet me again.’
    • ‘He gave Stan a call and they have now arranged to meet up in Scarborough.’
    • ‘The student had tapped her name and mobile phone number into his phone and arranged to meet him for lunch before she left.’
    • ‘A couple of days later he slips me a piece of paper, and I arranged to meet her.’
    • ‘Robert promptly arranged to meet me at an inner city bar the following night.’
    • ‘He had arranged to meet his sister at eleven o'clock at a small airfield to the east of Barnstaple.’
    • ‘I'd arranged to meet my partner Nick for lunch to get his verdict on the new me.’
    • ‘James had just finished talking to Dobbo and Ali and had arranged to meet up with them for lunch.’
    • ‘If I go out in Dublin, I arrange to meet some friends and we get the bus to the city centre.’
    • ‘If you find it difficult to motivate yourself to take some exercise, he suggests, try arranging to meet a friend.’
    • ‘She's arranged to meet a few people in the Rising Sun for drinks after work.’
    • ‘I arrange to meet him on the sidewalk outside the hotel in an hour.’
    • ‘I arranged to meet Andrew in a pub in Hampstead called the Holly Bush.’
    • ‘I was lucky to get there at all, having arranged to meet Ross at the station and then forgotten to bring the directions.’
    • ‘I get on a bus with loose arrangements to meet up with some friends of mine.’
    • ‘In fact the day it opened in Ireland, I'd arranged to meet a friend of mine to see it.’
    • ‘I had arranged to meet Sam, and he would introduce me to the others who I had never met.’
    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. 1.1 Make the acquaintance of (someone) for the first time.
      ‘she took Paul to meet her parents’
      no object ‘we met at an office party’
      • ‘Who would think we would meet someone who speaks Low German at a volleyball match in Hong Kong?’
      • ‘He was so taken by her when he met her during her visit to Britain.’
      • ‘Four years ago Evan went into a chat room and met this girl who lives in Toronto, Canada.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The only thing that she knew about her father was that he was an Italian chef visiting Britain when he met her mother.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘During a spell at the Waiheke Post Office he met Jean, his wife of 45 years.’
      • ‘However confident you are, meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend's parents for the first time is always awash with tension.’
      • ‘I have never met this man, spoken to him or carried out any business dealings with him.’
      • ‘He lived and worked in London, and met Patricia during a visit north with a friend, forming a sexual relationship with her.’
      • ‘On one such visit Muriel met her future husband Tom and they both settled in Dungarvan.’
      • ‘I understand now, that we have to go through several acquaintances before we meet true friends.’
      • ‘During my time as press officer I met the Queen, the Queen Mother, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Philips.’
      • ‘Her parents met him on the day she graduated.’
      • ‘He is also an acquaintance of Raj, having met him in mid 2002.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sky shifted in colors as she thought back to the duration of time about eleven years ago when she met her foster parents.’
      • ‘If she had not already met my mother at parent teacher conferences, I was not going to enlighten her.’
      • ‘Her husband Matt spoke about how he met Anne in his early nursing days and subsequently married her.’
      get to know, be introduced to, make the acquaintance of
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    2. 1.2no object (of a group of people) assemble for a purpose.
      ‘the committee meets once a fortnight’
      • ‘The group meets on the fourth Monday of every month.’
      • ‘For most of its life, the group met in the Parish Hall in School Road.’
      • ‘Before the whole group gets together for the meeting, each division meets separately for about a half hour.’
      • ‘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 Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, at 2.30 pm in the Lakeside Hotel.’
      • ‘The group met for an assembly dedicated to the celebration, a tour of the school and a 1950s-style school dinner.’
      • ‘Despite repeated prompting, the group has not met to discuss future action.’
      • ‘The group meets regularly to discuss the crime issues that are affecting the local communities.’
      • ‘The executive meets in October to consider the findings.’
      • ‘The group will meet at least once a year to assess and review the plan.’
      • ‘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 to discuss ways of combating city centre crime.’
      • ‘A free non-denominational meditation group meets in Bromley every week.’
      • ‘The group originally met to practise in the Methodist Church.’
      • ‘Bradford Council's executive meets at City Hall on Tuesday at 2pm.’
      • ‘This group meets on a regular basis and they also visit a different farm each month, sharing information and advice.’
      • ‘A family council meets at regular intervals to discuss issues surrounding the business.’
      • ‘The council meets annually to discuss matters affecting the entire Lakota nation.’
      • ‘The anti-hunt brigade regularly turn out whenever a hunt meets.’
      • ‘The Group meets on Mondays and Fridays and new members will be very welcome.’
      gather, assemble, come together, get together, congregate, convene, muster, rally
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    3. 1.3meet withno object Have a meeting with (someone)
      ‘he met with the president on September 16’
      • ‘Later this hour, President Bush meets with emergency officials in Mississippi.’
      • ‘The consultants were very deeply concerned when I was invited to meet with them recently.’
      • ‘Jody meets with the owner of the land of Eatonville.’
      • ‘Most afternoons he meets with businessmen to talk about investment opportunities and various projects.’
      • ‘Wu meets with constituents every week, listening to their problems.’
      • ‘He meets with the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, tomorrow at the White House.’
      • ‘He works on important policy matters and frequently meets with the Secretary.’
      • ‘He meets with the President every day, he's meeting with him now.’
      • ‘At noon she meets with the captain and hotel manager to go over the party lists, then has lunch.’
      • ‘And council bosses will meet with the school in the coming weeks to draw up some initial plans.’
    4. 1.4 Go to a place and wait there for (a person or their means of transport) to arrive.
      ‘Stuart met us off the boat’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also, a similar service was proposed to run to Cheddington Station to meet hotel guests arriving by train.’
      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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    5. 1.5 Come 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Springboks would have an easier route through the competition, probably meeting France in the semis.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Five years ago when these two teams met it was a victory to Cranleigh by 39-10.’
      • ‘Even fewer arrests were made when the teams met two weeks later in the league.’
      • ‘When next these teams meet it will be in Dublin in November with the Springboks at the end of their own long, hard road.’
    6. 1.6 Encounter or experience (a particular situation or attitude)
      ‘he met his death in 1946’
      no object ‘we met with a slight setback’
      • ‘Yorkshire Catholics mourned the Pope yesterday in the same way he met his own death - serenely, with a brave heart and no fuss.’
      • ‘A Scottish sailor met his death when he fell overboard from his yacht off the Mayo coast, an inquest in Ballina was told.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They hadn't met any problems yet, but they had to be careful with every action they conducted.’
      • ‘He said someone may have seen Mr Turner taking £20 out of a nearby cash machine minutes before he met his death.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It becomes particularly important when the relationship meets an impasse.’
      • ‘That night I returned to the scene where young Darragh met his tragic death.’
      • ‘He said conflicting medical evidence presented by the prosecution meant the jury could not be sure how the former paratrooper met his death.’
      • ‘He met his death on the fourth anniversary of his arrival in this country.’
      • ‘In all the time we have been booking courses we have not met this attitude before.’
      • ‘Our children don't need to meet those selfish attitudes behind a steering wheel.’
      • ‘Very, very few companies have long and uninterrupted growth records, and even those companies eventually meet problems.’
      • ‘Just as death is the end result of living, we will meet many traumatic experiences in our lives.’
      • ‘There is no evidence that he had met a violent death.’
      face, encounter, undergo, experience, go through, bear, suffer, endure
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    7. 1.7meet something with Have (a particular reaction) to.
      ‘the announcement was met with widespread protests’
      • ‘But the findings were met with a mixed reaction from lunchtime drinkers in the pavement bars and cafes of Manchester yesterday.’
      • ‘If they try to raise above a certain level, they are met with very strong resistance.’
      • ‘But perhaps just as telling was the widespread cynicism the scandal was met with.’
      • ‘Gillespie's comments were met with mixed reactions at the Scottish Open, finishing today at Loch Lomond.’
      • ‘The office, one of the most militant in London, met the announcement with a spontaneous one-day walkout.’
      • ‘They were met with a lukewarm reaction.’
      • ‘It was met with almost total indifference.’
      • ‘Upon completion, however, the film was met with mixed reaction partly due to its extreme length and somewhat ponderous nature.’
      • ‘The public often met their claims with a heavy dose of skepticism.’
      • ‘But on both occasions the bans were met with extremely successful defiance.’
      greet, receive, answer, deal with, handle, treat, face, cope with, approach
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    8. 1.8meet withno 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.’
      • ‘The recent rise in the number of debt collection agencies has met with a mixed reaction.’
      • ‘These developments have met with a mixed reaction in the respective countries.’
      • ‘To my delight, the sweater meets with approval!’
      • ‘Neither suggestion met with approval so I repaired to the kitchen to make coffee.’
      • ‘You will hold off until everything meets with your approval.’
      • ‘It was a move that met with almost unanimous approval from fellow European Tour players.’
      • ‘The prospect of improved transport links met with the approval of local residents.’
      • ‘Even where new routes were added, they often failed to meet with approval.’
  • 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’
    • ‘Then, with agonizing slowness, his head bent to hers and his lips met hers passionately.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His puckered lips met my bare shoulder, causing my body to become significantly more awake.’
    • ‘She didn't even flinch when Rebecca's hard gaze met hers, but simply smiled instead.’
    • ‘She leaned into him and Jack met her eager lips with a long, lingering kiss.’
    • ‘Her lips met his and she revelled in the heat of their embrace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When he turned around and glanced at Constance, his eyes met hers as she turned around at the same time.’
    • ‘I felt her lift my chin and when my eyes met hers, my breathing steadied and I became somewhat quiet.’
    • ‘His eyes met hers and for a moment, she thought she saw someone in them.’
    • ‘My eyes met hers and I smiled gently, and she smiled back, showing two missing front teeth.’
    • ‘And as his lips met mine again, I knew that I had truly found the love that I was searching for.’
    • ‘Her eyes widened as his lips met hers and he put his arms around her cold back.’
    • ‘Turning to see what he wanted she was surprised when his lips met hers.’
    • ‘Mark looked her up and down, and couldn't disguise his approving look when his eyes met hers again.’
    • ‘She reached up, and his lips met hers, softly, like the petals of a rose, their touch was warm like a fire.’
    • ‘Their eyes met briefly until Sam cleared her throat and turned away.’
    • ‘William's mouth met hers, so warm, so gentle, and he kissed her with a sensual slowness.’
    • ‘Matt stepped forward and seconds later, our lips met one another in silent appreciation.’
    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’
    • ‘Anaemia is a condition in which the blood cannot carry enough oxygen to meet the body's needs.’
    • ‘All children are included and staff ensure individual needs are met.’
    • ‘Many have also revealed that their medical requirements are not met fully.’
    • ‘At the time this computer was selected, it met the requirements adequately to perform its intended function.’
    • ‘First, there are not enough mental health services to meet the needs of patients.’
    • ‘He would insist that various conditions were met before he would play.’
    • ‘What is needed is a more flexible health insurance system to meet the needs of the modern world.’
    • ‘Its operating cash flow would not be enough to meet its liquidity needs for the rest of the year, it warned.’
    • ‘In this case, I am satisfied that the litigation plan meets the basic requirements.’
    • ‘If something doesn't meet your needs and requirements then there will be another tradition around the next corner.’
    • ‘Mr Sharp later worked on heating systems in construction projects, also ensuring health and safety conditions were met.’
    • ‘Doctors at the surgery believe it is the only way to meet the needs of a modern health service.’
    • ‘Bradford needs a smaller concert hall, with safe parking to meet the requirements of the city.’
    • ‘Understanding what patients are looking for on line may help us meet their need for health information.’
    • ‘Start by figuring out the mix of stocks, bonds and cash that will be required to meet your needs.’
    • ‘This is a situation in which flexibility is required in order to meet the needs of the child.’
    • ‘Even if conditions are met, there is no guarantee that a permit will be given.’
    • ‘When both of these conditions are met, the method of assessment is performance-based.’
    • ‘Those results were essential to ensure that the proposal met students' needs.’
    • ‘St David's Cathedral already meets the requirements of health and safety regulations but many other churches don't.’
    fulfil, satisfy, fill, measure up to, match, match up to, conform to, come up to, perform, comply with, answer
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    1. 3.1 Pay (a financial claim or obligation)
      ‘all your household expenses will still have to be met’
      • ‘He can adequately budget for himself on the net disposable income available to him after he meets his family obligations.’
      • ‘Before going I contacted PPP, which assured me there would be no problem meeting a claim.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All the assets of the fund are available to meet claims of all members, no matter to which category they belong.’
      • ‘Port charges were generally revised upward to meet debt obligations.’
      • ‘We finally certify that Mr D. Paparounis has been prompt in meeting its obligations.’
      • ‘The Company does not currently have sufficient facilities available to it to meet these obligations.’
      • ‘The spokesperson said it could not afford to meet the claim as FLS was still losing money in Ireland.’
      • ‘This is to ensure that there is sufficient money to meet its obligations.’
      • ‘All too often women use their own sick leave entitlement to meet family 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.’
      • ‘It could not meet its obligations to Hepcoe and continued to operate at a loss.’
      • ‘Even accounting for the slide in the stock market, Friends is in a position to meet its obligations.’
      pay, settle, clear, honour, liquidate, satisfy, discharge, pay off, square, account for
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noun

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

    ‘she fell from her horse during a weekend meet’
    • ‘There is certainly organised coursing at a number of meets and the number of these clubs is in some ways difficult to define.’
    • ‘Tears flowed at end of the Tedworth Hunt's last traditional meet on Thursday at Tidcombe House.’
    • ‘After the meet hounds returned to their kennels but hunt supporters stayed for a drink at the village pub.’
    • ‘Police called in reinforcements after the hunt began to track saboteurs but said the meet was largely peaceful.’
    • ‘The meet and the hunt provided a dash of colour in the lives of all during the otherwise drab British winter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anti-foxhunting protesters are continuing to demonstrate at hunting meets in mid Essex despite a Government decision to ban the blood sport.’
    • ‘The protesters had challenged Mr Ainger to join them at a hunt meet - an invitation he declined.’
    • ‘These groups however are discredited by the outrageous actions they take to disrupt hunt meets.’
    • ‘Up at dawn he had selected the hounds and prepared the truck to take them to the meet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pretending that catching foxes was the reason for holding meets of the hunt was never particularly true.’
    • ‘Seven or eight years ago the bloodsports fraternity were claiming in newspaper advertisements that one million people attended Boxing Day hunt meets.’
    • ‘Huntsmen admitted the meet was purely symbolic, as the weather had made any actual hunting impossible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Cresselly Arms at Cresswell Quay will be the scene of South Pembrokeshire Hunt's last meet.’
    • ‘Record numbers of supporters heard defiant messages at Boxing Day hunt meets in the Vale, Cotswolds and Warwickshire.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2An organized event at which a number of races or other athletic contests are held.

    ‘major meets such as national championships’
    • ‘That had been the case in the large school race at the district meet earlier in the day.’
    • ‘The meets begin with an inspection, by drivers and onlookers, under the hoods of the cars.’
    • ‘He won, and within three years he was winning swim meets and triathlons too - anything that tested his mettle.’
    • ‘He tired a bit at the end, not surprising since it was his ninth race in the fourth day of the Olympic meet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, an explanation of the events and how meets are run is useful.’
    • ‘Regardless of the level, dual meets are exciting and championship meets bring major breakthroughs.’
    • ‘There's the Shrum Bowl, basketball and volleyball tournaments and swim meets, to name just a few.’
    • ‘These trials are being held in preparation for international meets.’
    • ‘However, the best event of the meet was reserved for three in the morning.’
    • ‘The pair also helped out on race meets, regularly making up to 20 flasks of coffee for the competitors and spectators.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each competitor swam in six events during three selected meets throughout the fall season.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Worrell feels it's important for youngsters to take advantage of locally organized swim meets.’
    • ‘What tipped the scale in Thorpe's favor were his sterling performances in major international meets.’
    • ‘Even if you've never been to a coursing meet, take yourself along to Patrickswell.’
    event, tournament, game, match, contest, competition
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  • 3informal A meeting, typically one with an illicit purpose.

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

Phrases

  • meet the case

    • Be adequate.

      ‘do you think an income of two hundred a year 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?’
      • ‘You must not underrate the difficulties of my undertaking, or imagine that a mere commonplace assassination would meet the case.’
  • meet someone's eye (or eyes)

    • 1Be visible.

      ‘the sight that met his eyes was truly amazing’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the pair broke through the bushes that lead to their home a horrible sight met their eyes.’
      • ‘He was even more shocked by the sight that met his 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.’
      • ‘A strange sight met my eyes when they glanced to the left.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2Look directly at someone.

      ‘for a moment, he refused to meet her eyes’
      ‘Robyn met his insolent gaze’
      • ‘He inclined his head slightly, not meeting her gaze directly.’
      • ‘She took a deep breath, refusing to meet my gaze.’
      • ‘Although she was facing him, her eyes were directed past him, refusing to meet his gaze.’
      • ‘He handed Will a letter and refused to meet his gaze.’
      • ‘She met my gaze and a tight smile was directed towards me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her eyes came back into focus and she met Jake 's gaze.’
      • ‘For a moment I let my gaze travel over him and then met his gaze again.’
  • meet someone halfway

    • Make a compromise with someone.

      ‘I am prepared to meet him halfway by paying him a further £25,000’
      • ‘That was my sacrifice and I wasn't met 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.’
      • ‘So, just as practitioners have come to realize the value of political education, the academics have met them halfway.’
      • ‘Democrats - and many Republicans - are not meeting Bush halfway, despite his willingness to preserve Social Security as a universal social program.’
      • ‘I feel like I am sometimes making a lot of compromises just to maintain her friendship and she isn't meeting me 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.’
      • ‘At first, the company said they couldn't do it at all, but then they met me halfway.’
      • ‘I would have thought it would have met us halfway or helped stop this happening again.’
      • ‘That's called meeting you halfway - and it's what friendship is really all about.’
      • ‘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
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  • there's more to someone (or something) than meets the eye

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

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