Main definitions of meet in US English:

: meet1meet2

meet1

verb

[with object]
  • 1Come into the presence or company of (someone) by chance or arrangement.

    ‘a week later I met him in the street’
    no object ‘we met for lunch’
    ‘they arranged to meet up that afternoon’
    • ‘I get on a bus with loose arrangements to meet up with some friends of mine.’
    • ‘Robert promptly arranged to meet me at an inner city bar the following night.’
    • ‘In an attempt to patch things up after what happened yesterday the friend concerned arranged to meet me again.’
    • ‘I had arranged to meet Sam, and he would introduce me to the others who I had never met.’
    • ‘Cameron had arranged to meet us on campus that night, which left us a couple of hours to kill beforehand.’
    • ‘I arranged to meet Andrew in a pub in Hampstead called the Holly Bush.’
    • ‘James had just finished talking to Dobbo and Ali and had arranged to meet up with them for lunch.’
    • ‘I arrange to meet him on the sidewalk outside the hotel in an hour.’
    • ‘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 was lucky to get there at all, having arranged to meet Ross at the station and then forgotten to bring the directions.’
    • ‘He had arranged to meet his sister at eleven o'clock at a small airfield to the east of Barnstaple.’
    • ‘A couple of days later he slips me a piece of paper, and I arranged to meet her.’
    • ‘If you find it difficult to motivate yourself to take some exercise, he suggests, try arranging to meet a friend.’
    • ‘Whilst shopping I bumped into Kath cycling through Camden and we arranged to meet up later.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If I go out in Dublin, I arrange to meet some friends and we get the bus to the city centre.’
    • ‘In fact the day it opened in Ireland, I'd arranged to meet a friend of mine to see it.’
    • ‘She's arranged to meet a few people in the Rising Sun for drinks after work.’
    • ‘I'd arranged to meet my partner Nick for lunch to get his verdict on the new me.’
    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’
      • ‘However confident you are, meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend's parents for the first time is always awash with tension.’
      • ‘Four years ago Evan went into a chat room and met this girl who lives in Toronto, Canada.’
      • ‘I understand now, that we have to go through several acquaintances before we meet true friends.’
      • ‘The only thing that she knew about her father was that he was an Italian chef visiting Britain when he met her mother.’
      • ‘The sky shifted in colors as she thought back to the duration of time about eleven years ago when she met her foster parents.’
      • ‘Her husband Matt spoke about how he met Anne in his early nursing days and subsequently married her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have never met this man, spoken to him or carried out any business dealings with him.’
      • ‘During a spell at the Waiheke Post Office he met Jean, his wife of 45 years.’
      • ‘During my time as press officer I met the Queen, the Queen Mother, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Philips.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her parents met him on the day she graduated.’
      • ‘He could never get up enough nerve to ask Terri out, and his odd hours interfered with meeting anyone.’
      • ‘He is also an acquaintance of Raj, having met him in mid 2002.’
      • ‘He wasn't at all fazed by meeting David and they chatted away quite normally.’
      • ‘On one such visit Muriel met her future husband Tom and they both settled in Dungarvan.’
      • ‘If she had not already met my mother at parent teacher conferences, I was not going to enlighten her.’
      • ‘He lived and worked in London, and met Patricia during a visit north with a friend, forming a sexual relationship with 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 particular purpose.
      ‘the committee meets once a week’
      • ‘The group meets once a month and is particularly keen to hear from residents with an interest in local history, architecture and open spaces.’
      • ‘Despite repeated prompting, the group has not met to discuss future action.’
      • ‘The group originally met to practise in the Methodist Church.’
      • ‘The executive meets in October to consider the findings.’
      • ‘The Group meets on Mondays and Fridays and new members will be very welcome.’
      • ‘The group meets on the fourth Monday of every month.’
      • ‘The anti-hunt brigade regularly turn out whenever a hunt meets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This group meets on a regular basis and they also visit a different farm each month, sharing information and advice.’
      • ‘The group meets once a month to discuss ways of combating city centre crime.’
      • ‘The council meets annually to discuss matters affecting the entire Lakota nation.’
      • ‘A small group met recently to get things moving, and they are now looking for others keen to become members.’
      • ‘The group meets regularly to discuss the crime issues that are affecting the local communities.’
      • ‘For most of its life, the group met in the Parish Hall in School Road.’
      • ‘The Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, at 2.30 pm in the Lakeside Hotel.’
      • ‘Before the whole group gets together for the meeting, each division meets separately for about a half hour.’
      • ‘A free non-denominational meditation group meets in Bromley every week.’
      • ‘The group met for an assembly dedicated to the celebration, a tour of the school and a 1950s-style school dinner.’
      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’
      • ‘He meets with the President every day, he's meeting with him now.’
      • ‘The consultants were very deeply concerned when I was invited to meet with them recently.’
      • ‘And council bosses will meet with the school in the coming weeks to draw up some initial plans.’
      • ‘Most afternoons he meets with businessmen to talk about investment opportunities and various projects.’
      • ‘He works on important policy matters and frequently meets with the Secretary.’
      • ‘Wu meets with constituents every week, listening to their problems.’
      • ‘At noon she meets with the captain and hotel manager to go over the party lists, then has lunch.’
      • ‘Jody meets with the owner of the land of Eatonville.’
      • ‘Later this hour, President Bush meets with emergency officials in Mississippi.’
      • ‘He meets with the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, tomorrow at the White House.’
    4. 1.4 Go to a place and wait there for (a person or their means of transport) to arrive.
      ‘I offered to meet their train’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When she meets me off the train at Tain, I immediately think: David Bowie.’
      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 Play or oppose in a contest.
      ‘in the final match, the U.S. will meet Brazil’
      no object ‘the Twins and Mariners will not meet again until September’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Five years ago when these two teams met it was a victory to Cranleigh by 39-10.’
      • ‘When next these teams meet it will be in Dublin in November with the Springboks at the end of their own long, hard road.’
      • ‘The men's second team met Leigh first who were just above them in the league.’
    6. 1.6 Encounter or be faced with (a particular fate, situation, attitude, or reaction)
      ‘he met his death in 1946’
      no object ‘we met with a slight setback’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A Scottish sailor met his death when he fell overboard from his yacht off the Mayo coast, an inquest in Ballina was told.’
      • ‘He said someone may have seen Mr Turner taking £20 out of a nearby cash machine minutes before he met his death.’
      • ‘It becomes particularly important when the relationship meets an impasse.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our children don't need to meet those selfish attitudes behind a steering wheel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said conflicting medical evidence presented by the prosecution meant the jury could not be sure how the former paratrooper met his death.’
      • ‘They hadn't met any problems yet, but they had to be careful with every action they conducted.’
      • ‘Very, very few companies have long and uninterrupted growth records, and even those companies eventually meet problems.’
      • ‘He met his death on the fourth anniversary of his arrival in this country.’
      • ‘Just as death is the end result of living, we will meet many traumatic experiences in our lives.’
      • ‘In all the time we have been booking courses we have not met this attitude before.’
      • ‘Yorkshire Catholics mourned the Pope yesterday in the same way he met his own death - serenely, with a brave heart and no fuss.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But on both occasions the bans were met with extremely successful defiance.’
      • ‘The public often met their claims with a heavy dose of skepticism.’
      • ‘If they try to raise above a certain level, they are met with very strong resistance.’
      • ‘It was met with almost total indifference.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gillespie's comments were met with mixed reactions at the Scottish Open, finishing today at Loch Lomond.’
      • ‘Upon completion, however, the film was met with mixed reaction partly due to its extreme length and somewhat ponderous nature.’
      • ‘But perhaps just as telling was the widespread cynicism the scandal was met with.’
      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’
      • ‘Even where new routes were added, they often failed to meet with approval.’
      • ‘These developments have met with a mixed reaction in the respective countries.’
      • ‘To my delight, the sweater meets with 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.’
      • ‘Neither suggestion met with approval so I repaired to the kitchen to make coffee.’
      • ‘The idea met with approval from religious as well as tourist and cultural groups.’
      • ‘You will hold off until everything meets with your approval.’
      • ‘Plans to move a drug addiction clinic near a city centre shopping area have met with a mixed reaction.’
      • ‘The recent rise in the number of debt collection agencies has met with a mixed reaction.’
  • 2Touch; join.

    no object ‘the curtains failed to meet in the middle’
    figurative ‘our eyes met across the table’
    ‘Harry's lips met hers’
    • ‘Then, with agonizing slowness, his head bent to hers and his lips met hers passionately.’
    • ‘When he turned around and glanced at Constance, his eyes met hers as she turned around at the same time.’
    • ‘His eyes met hers and for a moment, she thought she saw someone in them.’
    • ‘She didn't even flinch when Rebecca's hard gaze met hers, but simply smiled instead.’
    • ‘Leaning forwards his lips met hers and he gently pushed her back onto the bed.’
    • ‘I felt her lift my chin and when my eyes met hers, my breathing steadied and I became somewhat quiet.’
    • ‘Mark looked her up and down, and couldn't disguise his approving look when his eyes met hers again.’
    • ‘Her lips met his and she revelled in the heat of their embrace.’
    • ‘And as his lips met mine again, I knew that I had truly found the love that I was searching for.’
    • ‘She leaned into him and Jack met her eager lips with a long, lingering kiss.’
    • ‘Their eyes met briefly until Sam cleared her throat and turned away.’
    • ‘My eyes met hers and I smiled gently, and she smiled back, showing two missing front teeth.’
    • ‘He reached out for her chin and lifted it until their eyes met.’
    • ‘She reached up, and his lips met hers, softly, like the petals of a rose, their touch was warm like a fire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘William's mouth met hers, so warm, so gentle, and he kissed her with a sensual slowness.’
    • ‘His puckered lips met my bare shoulder, causing my body to become significantly more awake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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  • 3Fulfill or satisfy (a need, requirement, or condition)

    ‘this policy is doing nothing to meet the needs of women’
    ‘they failed to meet the noon deadline’
    • ‘At the time this computer was selected, it met the requirements adequately to perform its intended function.’
    • ‘All children are included and staff ensure individual needs are met.’
    • ‘Even if conditions are met, there is no guarantee that a permit will be given.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is needed is a more flexible health insurance system to meet the needs of the modern world.’
    • ‘He would insist that various conditions were met before he would play.’
    • ‘Mr Sharp later worked on heating systems in construction projects, also ensuring health and safety conditions were met.’
    • ‘Anaemia is a condition in which the blood cannot carry enough oxygen to meet the body's needs.’
    • ‘Bradford needs a smaller concert hall, with safe parking to meet the requirements of the city.’
    • ‘Its operating cash flow would not be enough to meet its liquidity needs for the rest of the year, it warned.’
    • ‘This is a situation in which flexibility is required in order to meet the needs of the child.’
    • ‘Understanding what patients are looking for on line may help us meet their need for health information.’
    • ‘Doctors at the surgery believe it is the only way to meet the needs of a modern health service.’
    • ‘St David's Cathedral already meets the requirements of health and safety regulations but many other churches don't.’
    • ‘Those results were essential to ensure that the proposal met students' needs.’
    • ‘Start by figuring out the mix of stocks, bonds and cash that will be required to meet your needs.’
    • ‘First, there are not enough mental health services to meet the needs of patients.’
    • ‘When both of these conditions are met, the method of assessment is performance-based.’
    • ‘Many have also revealed that their medical requirements are not met fully.’
    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’
      • ‘The spokesperson said it could not afford to meet the claim as FLS was still losing money in Ireland.’
      • ‘Iberia bosses said meeting the pay claim would plunge the company into an operating loss.’
      • ‘All too often women use their own sick leave entitlement to meet family obligations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Funds in the coffers are simply not enough to meet long-term obligations.’
      • ‘The insurance is merely there to enable the companies to meet these claims.’
      • ‘Although the parties lived an extravagant lifestyle, their debt obligations were met.’
      • ‘Port charges were generally revised upward to meet debt obligations.’
      • ‘All the assets of the fund are available to meet claims of all members, no matter to which category they belong.’
      • ‘Even accounting for the slide in the stock market, Friends is in a position to meet its obligations.’
      • ‘This is to ensure that there is sufficient money to meet its obligations.’
      • ‘Before going I contacted PPP, which assured me there would be no problem meeting a claim.’
      • ‘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.’
      pay, settle, clear, honour, liquidate, satisfy, discharge, pay off, square, account for
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noun

  • An organized event at which a number of races or other sporting contests are held.

    ‘a swim 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.’
    • ‘These trials are being held in preparation for international meets.’
    • ‘Worrell feels it's important for youngsters to take advantage of locally organized swim meets.’
    • ‘There's the Shrum Bowl, basketball and volleyball tournaments and swim meets, to name just a few.’
    • ‘However, the best event of the meet was reserved for three in the morning.’
    • ‘It was usually the last event of the meet, and by most accounts of the time, the most popular.’
    • ‘The pair also helped out on race meets, regularly making up to 20 flasks of coffee for the competitors and spectators.’
    • ‘A royal Ascot action plan to combat a traffic nightmare in York during the race meet in June was being unveiled today.’
    • ‘In addition, an explanation of the events and how meets are run is useful.’
    • ‘Even if you've never been to a coursing meet, take yourself along to Patrickswell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The meets begin with an inspection, by drivers and onlookers, under the hoods of the cars.’
    • ‘Horses are stabled at the North Dakota State University equine science barn during race meets.’
    • ‘What tipped the scale in Thorpe's favor were his sterling performances in major international meets.’
    • ‘The big guns hit the pool in Athens again on Sunday night, in what could be the event of the meet.’
    • ‘Regardless of the level, dual meets are exciting and championship meets bring major breakthroughs.’
    • ‘High school teams have it a bit easier, due to the smaller number of events in their meets.’
    • ‘He tired a bit at the end, not surprising since it was his ninth race in the fourth day of the Olympic meet.’
    • ‘Each competitor swam in six events during three selected meets throughout the fall season.’
    event, tournament, game, match, contest, competition
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Phrases

  • meet someone's eye (or eyes)

    • Be visible.

      ‘the sight that met his eyes was truly amazing’
      • ‘When they reached the top, all three stable hands were awed by the sight that met their eyes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They ran outside, and an incredible sight met their eyes.’
      • ‘When they came to the top, a beautiful sight met their 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.’
      • ‘When the pair broke through the bushes that lead to their home a horrible sight met their eyes.’
      • ‘When my family walked out of the gate, an enormous sight met our eyes.’
      • ‘A curious sight met their eyes as they came cautiously around the foremast.’
      • ‘A strange sight met my eyes when they glanced to the left.’
  • meet someone halfway

    • Make a compromise with someone; concede some points in order to gain others.

      ‘I am prepared to meet him halfway by paying an additional $25,000’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I feel like I am sometimes making a lot of compromises just to maintain her friendship and she isn't meeting me halfway.’
      • ‘At first, the company said they couldn't do it at all, but then they met me halfway.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Late in the month, he met Randolph halfway, with an executive order prohibiting discrimination among defense contractors, but not in the military.’
      • ‘I would have thought it would have met us halfway or helped stop this happening again.’
      • ‘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.’
      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/something than meets the eye

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

      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘I think that there's more to this story than meets the eye.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think there's more to Kori than meets the eye.’
      • ‘Like any building, there's more to a monastery 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.’
  • meet someone's eye (or eyes or gaze)

    • Look directly at someone.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

meet

/mit//mēt/

Main definitions of meet in US English:

: meet1meet2

meet2

adjective

archaic
  • Suitable; fit; proper.

    ‘it is a theater meet for great events’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

meet

/mit//mēt/