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1An encounter or confrontation, especially a hostile one. Compare "rencounter". Now archaic and rare.
2A renewed meeting; a second or subsequent encounter.
with object To encounter or meet again.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in 2nd Baron Berners (c1467–1533), soldier, diplomat, and translator. From re- + encounter, in sense 1 after Middle French rencontre rencounter<br>early 16th century (in an earlier sense). From re- + encounter, originally as alteration of rencounter.
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