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’
    • ‘Health bosses held urgent meetings to decide how to cope with an expected surge in the number of patients over Easter.’
    • ‘The problem of cannabis is now a regular topic of discussion at meetings of the Swindon Association of Secondary Heads.’
    • ‘The main item for discussion at the meeting was the guild's annual weekend outing.’
    • ‘This might include breakfasts, lunches, formal meetings, client meetings and trial projects.’
    • ‘But some who attended the meeting felt their questions were yet to be answered.’
    • ‘They also became focal points for group discussion and formal meetings.’
    • ‘Union officials have written to executives seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the matter.’
    • ‘They understood the purpose of the meeting was to discuss incorporating a new company.’
    • ‘The purpose of the meeting was to execute a legal document.’
    • ‘She also hopes to visit Britain every few months to attend council meetings.’
    • ‘The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the set-up of a local Farmers Market planned for the near future.’
    • ‘How can meetings and discussions solve a problem like this?’
    • ‘Please put these in writing, sign and place in the box at the back of the Church for discussion at the monthly meetings.’
    • ‘He had therefore been entitled to attend the area assembly meetings, often held in non-council buildings.’
    • ‘It was the first time in 15 years they had held a formal meeting to discuss problems in the area.’
    • ‘The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the merits of the former ambassador traveling to Niger.’
    • ‘Those meetings were very formal and few ideas were exchanged.’
    • ‘The actual discussion at meetings is not recorded formally, or contained in the minutes.’
    • ‘There will also be a number of consultation meetings held to discuss what residents would like to see done with the community space.’
    • ‘Council passed a motion that further questions on the sessions not be discussed again at council meetings.’
    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.
      • ‘Quaker meetings and Shabbat services are held regularly here on the farm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've been a member of several Lutheran churches and have sat through many congregational meetings.’
      • ‘Although Quaker meetings are held in silence, individuals are allowed to speak, if genuinely moved by the spirit to do so.’
      • ‘Most meetings for worship in those days were nothing but processions or groups of singers.’
    2. 1.2 An organized event at which a number of races or other sporting contests are held.
      ‘an athletics meeting’
      • ‘Crump had to win a race against the clock even to take part in the meeting.’
      • ‘The meeting also incorporates the final race of the Reebok Cross series and has attracted over 2000 runners.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each of the four first-round playoff meetings is a rematch from the regular season.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The racing data list contains all the runners and riders for every race at a 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.’
      • ‘After competing at three pool meetings against five other schools they qualified for the finals night.’
      • ‘The Renault Winter Championship meetings will also include races for the AVO Ginetta Cup cars.’
      • ‘Even before the rally, at meetings and events, they were everywhere.’
      • ‘Last Sunday saw the opening meeting of the Young Athletes League at Pendle where Skyrac came fourth overall.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And, because of a series of rained-off meetings, they have matches in hand on Poole, Wolverhampton and Ipswich.’
      • ‘With two meetings and four races to go the championship is too close to call.’
      • ‘Sale easily won the meeting and with one match to go have virtually guaranteed their place in the top flight after relegation last summer.’
      • ‘The Golden League consists of Europe's seven biggest single-day athletics meetings of the summer.’
      • ‘When he was in Nathy's they did not get newspapers and did not know about upcoming events such as athletics meetings.’
      • ‘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 BHB had used their power to fix the dates of meetings to stop racecourses organising their own fixtures.’
      • ‘Both meetings were world championship qualifying rounds.’
      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’
    • ‘Their meeting was chance when they happened to be walking in the same vicinity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those meetings give us a chance to see one another and to have coffee - and they keep us all together.’
    • ‘It took a couple more chance meetings before he actually asked me on a date, but he did and that was 7 years ago.’
    • ‘Diverse characters happen together either by chance or in arranged meetings.’
    • ‘This is the perfect chance to end these meetings without offending her.’
    • ‘I never expect the chance meetings, yet I am always somewhere, at the same time as they are.’
    • ‘Here, chance meetings and sexual encounters create a mood where anything can happen, even murder.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While there, I've met people I already knew by chance and had chance meetings with new people.’
    • ‘Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation follows two wandering souls that connect through these very chance meetings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whether it was a chance meeting or a planned meeting is not relevant to the point we were making.’
    consultation, audience, interview
    encounter, contact, introduction, appointment, assignation, rendezvous, tweetup
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Phrases

  • a meeting of minds

    • An understanding or agreement between people.

      ‘I'm optimistic there'll be a meeting of minds and it can all be resolved’
      • ‘‘It was not,’ says one witness to this extraordinary event, ‘what you might call a meeting of minds.’’
      • ‘It is a relationship, a coming together, a meeting of minds between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people.’
      • ‘Therefore we'll continue to do what we have to do and what needs to be done to try and have a meeting of minds to have the bills passed.’
      • ‘Where you have a meeting of minds on an issue of such gravity, differences of opinion over micro-economics and international trade melt into the background.’
      • ‘It won't bring about a meeting of minds between Canadians and Americans based on a common conception of world politics.’
      • ‘Currently, there does not appear to be anything close to a meeting of minds in such matters.’
      • ‘I'm simply laying the foundation and doing the groundwork to see if there is a meeting of minds.’
      • ‘The age-old debate between science and art will come to a head this week when this innovative project challenges the two to a meeting of minds.’
      • ‘It is everyone's guess whether the two adversaries will be able to reach a meeting of minds.’
      • ‘It took a meeting of minds - involving organisations such as Scottish Enterprise, Historic Scotland, the local tourist board and the local authority - to kick-start a renaissance based on quality.’
      convergence, coming together, confluence, conjunction, union, junction, abutment, concourse, intersection, t-junction, crossing
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Pronunciation

meeting

/ˈmiːtɪŋ/