Definition of meeting in English:

meeting

noun

  • 1An assembly of people for a particular purpose, especially for formal discussion:

    ‘we held an urgent meeting to discuss the response to the epidemic’
    • ‘This might include breakfasts, lunches, formal meetings, client meetings and trial projects.’
    • ‘The actual discussion at meetings is not recorded formally, or contained in the minutes.’
    • ‘Please put these in writing, sign and place in the box at the back of the Church for discussion at the monthly meetings.’
    • ‘She also hopes to visit Britain every few months to attend council meetings.’
    • ‘The purpose of the meeting was to execute a legal document.’
    • ‘He had therefore been entitled to attend the area assembly meetings, often held in non-council buildings.’
    • ‘Council passed a motion that further questions on the sessions not be discussed again at council meetings.’
    • ‘The main item for discussion at the meeting was the guild's annual weekend outing.’
    • ‘The problem of cannabis is now a regular topic of discussion at meetings of the Swindon Association of Secondary Heads.’
    • ‘But some who attended the meeting felt their questions were yet to be answered.’
    • ‘Health bosses held urgent meetings to decide how to cope with an expected surge in the number of patients over Easter.’
    • ‘Those meetings were very formal and few ideas were exchanged.’
    • ‘Union officials have written to executives seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the matter.’
    • ‘How can meetings and discussions solve a problem like this?’
    • ‘They understood the purpose of the meeting was to discuss incorporating a new company.’
    • ‘The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the merits of the former ambassador traveling to Niger.’
    • ‘There will also be a number of consultation meetings held to discuss what residents would like to see done with the community space.’
    • ‘The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the set-up of a local Farmers Market planned for the near future.’
    • ‘They also became focal points for group discussion and formal meetings.’
    • ‘It was the first time in 15 years they had held a formal meeting to discuss problems in the area.’
    gathering, assembly, conference, congregation, convention, summit, forum, convocation, conclave, council of war
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    1. 1.1Christian Church A gathering of people, especially Quakers, for worship.
      • ‘I've been a member of several Lutheran churches and have sat through many congregational meetings.’
      • ‘Most meetings for worship in those days were nothing but processions or groups of singers.’
      • ‘He believed there would be a big impact on parking, already under pressure during the school run and from meetings in the local Quaker Meeting House.’
      • ‘Quaker meetings and Shabbat services are held regularly here on the farm.’
      • ‘Although Quaker meetings are held in silence, individuals are allowed to speak, if genuinely moved by the spirit to do so.’
    2. 1.2 An organized event at which a number of races or other sporting contests are held:
      ‘an athletics meeting’
      • ‘Barton faces a severe test, with the likes of Seebald and Fondmort among the opposition for an event which could well be the race of the meeting.’
      • ‘Even before the rally, at meetings and events, they were everywhere.’
      • ‘When he was in Nathy's they did not get newspapers and did not know about upcoming events such as athletics meetings.’
      • ‘And, because of a series of rained-off meetings, they have matches in hand on Poole, Wolverhampton and Ipswich.’
      • ‘The Golden League consists of Europe's seven biggest single-day athletics meetings of the summer.’
      • ‘Racehorses die every day while providing pleasure and I'm afraid the magnification of such events during meetings like Aintree is a fact of life.’
      • ‘Each of the four first-round playoff meetings is a rematch from the regular season.’
      • ‘After competing at three pool meetings against five other schools they qualified for the finals night.’
      • ‘Crump had to win a race against the clock even to take part in the meeting.’
      • ‘Last Sunday saw the opening meeting of the Young Athletes League at Pendle where Skyrac came fourth overall.’
      • ‘The BHB had used their power to fix the dates of meetings to stop racecourses organising their own fixtures.’
      • ‘UK Athletics states that if a UK record is to be valid, the competitor must pass a drugs test at the meeting that the record was set in.’
      • ‘Sale easily won the meeting and with one match to go have virtually guaranteed their place in the top flight after relegation last summer.’
      • ‘Aces teammate Jason Lyons is also in the meeting as a wild card and knows a good performance could seal his spot in the full series in 2003.’
      • ‘The Renault Winter Championship meetings will also include races for the AVO Ginetta Cup cars.’
      • ‘The racing data list contains all the runners and riders for every race at a meeting.’
      • ‘Both meetings were world championship qualifying rounds.’
      • ‘Neil Callan rides to victory in the last race of the day to leave the race for the meeting's top jockey wide open.’
      • ‘The meeting also incorporates the final race of the Reebok Cross series and has attracted over 2000 runners.’
      • ‘With two meetings and four races to go the championship is too close to call.’
      event, meet, rally, competition, match, game, contest
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  • 2A situation when two or more people meet, by chance or arrangement:

    ‘he intrigued her on their first meeting’
    • ‘This is the perfect chance to end these meetings without offending her.’
    • ‘While there, I've met people I already knew by chance and had chance meetings with new people.’
    • ‘I never expect the chance meetings, yet I am always somewhere, at the same time as they are.’
    • ‘Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation follows two wandering souls that connect through these very chance meetings.’
    • ‘Their meeting was chance when they happened to be walking in the same vicinity.’
    • ‘Without conscious direction there are only chance meetings that create situations between separated beings.’
    • ‘The film is full of chance meetings, coincidences, romance and confused hearts.’
    • ‘Diverse characters happen together either by chance or in arranged meetings.’
    • ‘Those meetings give us a chance to see one another and to have coffee - and they keep us all together.’
    • ‘Whether it was a chance meeting or a planned meeting is not relevant to the point we were making.’
    • ‘They open up opportunities for fleeting or chance meetings.’
    • ‘The chance meeting is even more uncanny because Barbara had been searching for John on the internet last week to try to locate him in America.’
    • ‘It took a couple more chance meetings before he actually asked me on a date, but he did and that was 7 years ago.’
    • ‘Here, chance meetings and sexual encounters create a mood where anything can happen, even murder.’
    • ‘They didn't see each other very often, except for chance meetings at meal times, when they felt strong enough to go to the mess hall.’
    consultation, audience, interview
    encounter, contact, introduction, appointment, assignation, rendezvous, tweetup
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Pronunciation:

meeting

/ˈmiːtɪŋ/